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What Are Nettles? | Organic Pharmer

Hey, have you ever wondered what's so great about stinging nettle? You know, that prickly plant that makes your skin itch like crazy when you touch it? Well, it turns out that nettle is not only a nuisance, but also a superfood and a powerful healer. Don't believe me? Let me tell you more about this amazing herb and how we use it in our delicious and nutritious botanical beverage.

stinging nettle benefits

Nettle is one of those herbs that can do it all. It's like a multivitamin in a plant form, packed with vitamins A, C, K, B complex, iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and more. It can boost your immune system, reduce inflammation, ease arthritis and joint pain, relieve allergies and hay fever, and support your reproductive health. It's especially good for your liver, which is the organ that cleanses your blood and gets rid of toxins.

That's why we add a nettle infusion to our Alpha Green botanical beverage, which is designed to help your liver detoxify and function better. Our nettle infusion is made by steeping organic or wild-harvested nettle leaves in hot water , extracting all the goodness from the plant. Then we mix it with our cold-pressed veggies and the result is a refreshing and energizing drink that tastes great and does wonders for your health.

stinging nettle benefits


Our Alpha Green is just one of our many botanical beverages that we make with herbal infusions. We work with Dr. Susan Blum, a renowned expert in functional medicine and author of the Immune System Recovery Plan, to create unique blends of herbs, roots, and flowers that target different aspects of your wellness. We use the ancient method of infusion to extract the healing properties of these plants and enhance our beverages with them. Our botanical beverages are not only delicious, but also therapeutic and beneficial for your body and mind.

If you're wondering how to make a nettle infusion at home, it's actually quite simple. All you need is some dried or fresh nettle leaves (you can find them online or in health food stores), a large glass jar, and boiling water. Just fill the jar with nettle leaves (about one-third full), pour boiling water over them until the jar is full, cover with a lid, and let it sit for at least four hours or overnight. Then strain the liquid and store it in the fridge for up to a week. You can drink it as it is or add some honey or lemon juice to taste.

So next time you see a nettle plant, don't run away from it. Instead, grab some gloves and pick some for your infusion. You'll be surprised by how good it makes you feel!

 Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. What are nettles? Nettles are nutrient-dense plants rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber, and protein. They’re often used in cuisine, herbal teas, and even as plant fertilizer.
  2. Can nettles help with osteoporosis prevention? Nettle is a good source of calcium and other nutrients which make it a great addition to your preventative medicine line up. This herb may help in staving off osteoporosis 2
  3. Are there any risks associated with using nettles during pregnancy? Nettle is safe for use during pregnancy and doesn’t pose risks to the baby. Its high nutrient content makes it beneficial for both mother and fetus2.
  4. How does nettle act as a natural antihistamine? Nettle leaf blocks histamine receptors, providing relief from seasonal allergies and hay fever3.
  5. Can I consume nettles in large quantities without toxicity risks? Yes! Nettles have been used as food and medicine, making them safe to eat in large amounts2.
  6. What nutrients do nettles contain? Nettles provide vitamin A (essential for vision and immune function), vitamin K, manganese, calcium, and zinc2.
  7. How do nettles benefit irregular menstrual cycles? Nutrient deficiencies can cause irregular cycles, and nettle’s vitamin K and other minerals may help address this issue2.
  8. What’s the connection between nettle and cancer prevention? Nettle root reduces the risk of cancer and supports overall health by promoting hormonal balance4.
  9. Can I make nettle tinctures for women’s health? While scientific data is limited, nettle has been traditionally used in pregnancy tea to support nutritional needs during pregnancy5.

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