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How Stinging Nettles Saved My Sanity… Making Nettle Tea
Okay, I know that my sanity is up for debate but let’s just assume I am perfectly sane for a few minutes…
When we moved onto our new property the first thing we learned was to avoid Stinging Nettles. They are absolutely vicious. That little stinging action is awful. The best cure we found was to smear mud on it to stop the sting. Recently I learned that Dock weed is good for neutralizing the sting as well.
I hate Stinging Nettles, but I learned quickly not to say that too loud. On several occasions I expressed my deep dislike and was lectured on how I could boil them and they tasted like spinach, how they are great for chickens, how I can make them into tea, etc… I then would ask: “Why would I pick something that bites back instead of just growing spinach?” Seriously, If I have to wear full-body armor to harvest it then it clearly wants to live more than I want to eat it. So, it was added to my “I will eat it ONLY if I become desperate” List. [Read more…]