Don’t do what I did!
That is planting nettles in a pot.
Rather go out in nature and just pick them there.
The wonderfully nutrient dense nettles are hardy and grow everywhere outdoors.
They are easy to recognize. Most people probably know what a nettle looks like. We usually learn when we are kids so we can avoid the experience of being burned by stinging nettles.
They are all there in nature, free for us to enjoy. Just avoid harvesting by the roadside.
Nettles manage and survive even in the most meager of soils, which just proves how resilient they are. This magic power that they carry, is transfered to us when we consume them.
Nettle leaves are fantastic and this is what Anthony William writes about them:
They are fenomenal adaptogenes (See below for What is an adaptogen?). Nettle leaves contain lots of phyto chemicals. They are life-giving, life-extending, and radiation inhibitors. It is the ultimate reproductive herb and cares for the endocrine system including ovaries and adrenal glands among other things.
Nettle leaves have a high mineral content (among others silicon for the bones), plus lots of trace minerals, and they also carry an analgesic (painkilling) capacity.
A nice meditation?
When you are out picking nettles trying to avoid getting burned, you are fully concentrated on what you are involved in and then automatically have a moment when you are completely in the now.
Furthermore you are outside breathing fresh air, looking at beautiful colors and hearing lovely birds! Could it be any better?
Actually I did not plant the nettles in the pot, but instead saved a plant growing in some grass that was being removed. Now I can move the pot around and I have a lovely smoothie ingredient just outside the door in the backyard!
Naturally you can plant a shoot or sow nettle seeds in a pot to have on your balcony. But I find that it is just so lovely to pick them out in the open.
What is an Adaptogen?
According to Wikipedia: “Adaptogens or adaptogenic
substances are used in herbal medicine for the claimed stabilization of physiological processes and promotion of homeostasis. (It) describes a substance that may increase resistance to stress.”
Have you discovered nettle leaves?
And do you like to use them?
The above paragraph called Miracle Food? is inspired by the book Medical Medium Life-Changing Foods written by Anthony William.
Here is a delicious and creamy
smoothie recipe with nettle and persimmon