DIY Simple Nourishing Nettle Infusion

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:

  1. Boil water.
  2. Place 2 handfuls of dried nettle leaf in a quart-sized glass canning jar.
  3. Pour the boiling water over the nettles, stir with a metal spoon, then cap the jar.
  4. Allow to sit overnight.
  5. 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.

Irene Wolansky Fawn Lily Botanica
Irene is the owner, founder, formulator, and chief maker at Fawn Lily Botanica. Prior to beginning Fawn Lily Botanica in 2012, she worked within the natural and herbal product industries for two decades. Her herbal medicine and skin care articles and recipes have been featured and published in national magazines, blogs, newsletters, and journals including Willow and Sage Magazine, MaryJanesFarm Magazine, Mountain Rose Herbs, the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA) Journal, EarthFirst Journal, Farming Magazine, Amaze Magazine, Eugene Magazine, and the Eugene Weekly among others. In her spare time, she can be found chasing her energetic twins around and exploring Oregon’s wild places.
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