Making and Using Nettle Powder for Nutrition and Health...And How to Sneak It Into Your Family's Food!
When I first heard the term, "Stinging Nettle" many years ago, I thought, "Yikes! Who would want to pick and eat that stuff?" It's true that this plant can cause some pretty severe reactions because of its "stings," and gloves must be worn when picking the plant---but the health benefits are absolutely amazing. Well worth the price, I'd say. Nettle is full of nutrition! It is full of the entire spectrum of vitamins and minerals we need. In fact, it has so much calcium that it is an excellent remedy for growing pains in children! Nettle affects many other health issues, including but not limited to: gout, skin eruptions, detoxifying the body by strengthening the liver and kidneys, bone health, joint health, hay fever, anemia...and more! Nettle is definitely an all around champion herb when it comes to it's use as a tonic as well as use for acute issues.
Nettle was actually grown by the ancient Greeks and used as one of their main sources of food. Yes, it is safe and delicious to eat! It tastes "grassy," but vinegar, lemon, garlic, and spices can be added to make a delicious vegetable side dish. I just LOVE when an herb can be used as a delicious food source as well as medicine. How great is that?
I buy my organic Nettle leaves from Starwest Botanicals. I buy organic, and the herbs I receive are always of excellent quality! Nettles are pretty easy to grow, but honestly, I just don't want to deal with the "stinging" part right now. Maybe some day. But since Nettles are definitely part of our diet---through foods, teas, and tinctures---I love buying them from Starwest!
Unfortunately, not everyone likes Nettle. After all, it's GREEN! Very green---and not everyone loves their vegetables! If you are wanting to be sure your family gets enough greens, and especially with the high nutritional value found in Nettle, there IS a way to ensure this without causing a ruckus in your family! Powdered herbs, including Nettle, can be sprinkled and used on all kinds of dishes---and guess what? No one's the wiser! :-)
I've been drying and powdering Nettle for years using a spice grinder! It's easy to sneak into all kinds of foods: casseroles, breads, smoothies, even cereal! You can sprinkle it on meats, salads, into salad dressings: the possibilities are endless! And best of all: NO ONE WILL EVER KNOW! :-) Nettle becomes pretty tasteless when used this way!
How to Powder Dried Nettle Leaves
This is so ridiculously easy:
Step 1) Put your dried organic Nettle leaves into your spice grinder.
(Don't use your coffee grinder! I have a grinder dedicated to herbs and spices---if you double your coffee grinder as an herb grinder, you will have some really funky tasting herbs!)
Step 2) Grind away until you have a fine powder. You can use a fine mesh strainer to sieve out any larger parts, but I really don't bother with this. Once it's in the food, it doesn't matter!
Step 3) Pour your Nettle powder into a shaker jar, and sprinkle liberally away!
I keep my shaker jar on top of my stove, and whenever I cook anything, I sprinkle some in! When I make smoothies, I'll use a tablespoon or two. That's really a LOT of Nettle leaves!
Have you ever used powdered herbs to cook with? Please let me know! I'd love to learn from you!
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Disclaimer: I am not a medical doctor or medical professional. I simply share my own advice based on years of study and experience for informational purposes only. Please see a doctor for any medical or emotional issues you may have. Please always do your due diligence and research any herbal or prescription medication you put in your body. If you are pregnant, nursing, or on medication, please check with your doctor before using herbs.
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