Living in the temperate climate of the Pacific Northwest, there are so many medicines available. As I walked the forest pathway down to Ocean’s edge this morning to honor my Ancestors at this powerful new moon, I witnessed plant healers springing up all around. Salmonberry bushes are decked out with their stunning magenta flowers, Plantain leaves are sprouting, and Nettles are already up and reaching toward the Sunshine.
Nettles are one of the most potent super-healers for many reasons. Filled with nutrients and antioxidants, they work to strengthen your immune system, but also hold many very special chemical properties and have been used for many generations to help with healing all kinds of maladies such as arthritis, gout, anemia, urinary infections, enlarged prostate, and allergies. They can be found all over the world and have been revered as a plant medicine by cultures throughout history.
Nettles are so easy to use, made into a tea. The next time you are out walking, simply snip off a few (see photo above) Nettle tops, take them home, put them in a pint canning jar or something similar, and pour boiling water over them. Say a prayer of gratitude over them and thank them in advance for bringing healing into your body. Cap the jar and let it sit overnight. The next day, bless the beautiful dark liquid and drink as is, or with a splash of fruit juice or lemon juice and honey. Taken daily, this is the best spring tonic around!
For more information on this amazing plant healer, as well as precautions and possible drug interactions, go to the University of Maryland Medical Center’s information on Nettles in their Complementary and Alternative Medicine Guide.
Of course, consult your doctor before using herbal therapies, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.