Stinging nettles are nutritional powerhouses. They make an excellent choice for green juicing! They have massive nutritional and medical value! Learn more about the green juicing process and recipes!
An ancient herbal remedy for many ailments, stinging nettles are really a gift of nature. I try to remember that when they sneak up on me in my flower beds and give me a hello sting! As prolific as the dandelion, nettles are just as good for us in different ways. Mother nature really does offer us all the nutrients we need if we will pay attention; and do a little work!
What the Stinging Nettle offers nutritionally:
- Nettles are great for detoxification.
- They help clear the liver and kidneys and build up the blood with iron.
- Nettles are rife with vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
I have some links to articles thoroughly describing their health benefits at this post’s end. I hope you will take the time to read about nettles and be encouraged to add them to your spring green juices!
I heard stinging nettles are full of nutrients, over the years, but could find no takers in my family to eat them. So we treated them as weeds and whacked them down wherever we found them on our property.( A testament to their endurance; they are still coming back after thirty years of whacking!)
We HATE being stung by Nettles! The thought of drinking that stinging weed didn’t sit well. We finally decided to go for it. My husband bravely went forth and, with gloves, scissors and bowl. He attacked a likely group near our barn. I waited in the kitchen next to the sink with the tongs, and juicer.
My hero suffered a few nettle stings at first. After several nettle juices, he actually became somewhat immune to the nettles sting. We feel very good about challenging ourselves to try out this very healthy juice! Several years later we are still harvesting and juicing stinging nettles. We get an energy boost every time! Stinging nettles make a healthy spring tonic after a winter of laying about with the goodies!
TIP: If you do get stung by a Nettle IGNORE IT! DO NOT RUB the sting!! A nettle sting will quickly settle down if left alone. Rubbing it will make it lots worse! If you have a really bad sting that continues to bother you after 30 minutes or so; make a paste of baking soda and water and pat it onto the sting. That will help soothe it.
Stinging Nettles are worth the trouble!
Stinging Nettle juice is now a regular part of our spring diet. Nettles are FREE! We like that. Nettles love our property. We never have a problem finding good fresh organic stingers here!
Another boon of juicing nettles is they grow very early in the year. Nettles, along with budding blackberry shoots, kale and dandelions make a very high powered green juice. Throw in some wintered over parsnips for added nutrition and sweetness.
Here is how we harvest and juice Stinging Nettles so we get the health benefits with no,(or little) sting:
Stinging Nettles work well in all your juice recipes in the spring!
Remember, whenever possible, juice really fresh, healthy produce. Fresh young Greens make the most nutritious juices. Harvest the greens immediately! Juice your greens immediately! And immediately consume your green juices! That gives you the best nutrition from your greens and has a powerful health effect. If you’re buying your greens, try to use them up quickly as well!
Read more about the many health benefits of nettles here , here and here. We will be adding nettles to our juices regularly now until their season is over. I strongly encourage you to learn more about this wonderful spring green and juice it!!