DIY Simple Nourishing Nettle Infusion
During this time of the year, our bodies often need a little pick-me-up after the long winter season. Nettle infusions are a perfect way to add a little pep to our step! They are extremely nourishing, nutritive, balancing, contain minerals and vitamins, contain medicinal properties, and they may also assist with seasonal allergies.
My favorite way to use nettles is with a simple herbal infusion. I allow it to infuse overnight to extract the beneficial properties, vitamins, and minerals, then drink it throughout the next day. There are many recipes available, but I always use this simple method which doesn't require any weighing or measuring:
- Boil water.
- Place 2 handfuls of dried nettle leaf in a quart-sized glass canning jar.
- Pour the boiling water over the nettles, stir with a metal spoon, then cap the jar.
- Allow to sit overnight.
- Strain the next morning, and enjoy throughout the day!
Notes: I drink my nettle infusion at room temperature, but you can also place it in a refrigerator or add ice. Once refrigerated, you can enjoy it the next day as well if you don't finish it in one day.
Where is a good place to purchase nettles? I prefer to purchase nettles grown in the United States, and there are some wonderful organic family-owned farms that I highly recommend. Buying locally grown is best (especially to assist with seasonal allergies), but my favorite farms that sell organic nettles online are Zack Woods Herb Farm, Foster Farm Botanicals, and Oshala Farm.