May 022008

If you’re new to my blog and haven’t read my many previous posts on the wonders of Nettle seeds, just do a search in the little bar on the left to read up on its properties.

So I’ve been using Nettle seeds straight up and Nettle seed tincture, both with dried, hand harvested seeds from my own lovely Mountain Nettles. I’ve worked with them on myself, in clients and in friends and family. My initial verdict was that the tincture, though less nutritive, worked just as well in other ways. However, after further exploration, I have some more thoughts on the subtleties of Nettle seed therapeutics.

I still feel that the tincture exercises a tonifying effect upon the adrenals, and we know that it works very well as a kidney trophorestorative, certainly making a medicine of primary importance. My experience leads me to believe that the raw seeds eaten (chewed well) do have a more immediate invigorating effect with a fuller range of restorative effects along the lines of other adaptogens. I suppose this is likely to be true for nearly any adaptogen or similar herb, considering that at least some of their important effects stem in part from the intense nutrition present in such plants.

My current approach is to use the raw seed when possible and practical and the tincture for those less compliant or in applicable formulas.

Nettle seed can be made more palatable for those who find the taste to be unpleasant or the texture a bit too exotic for them. High quality Nettle seed should be vibrant green, fluffy, light and mildly green in taste. I rather enjoy them, but understand that not everyone has quite the sense of adventure I do. Honey pills can easily be made by mixing a dose of seed with some raw honey. You can also make a yummy energy ball by mixing the seeds with varying proportions of nut butter, honey, chocolate, coconut and spices. Just don’t overdo the sweet/stimulant aspect of this or you’ll end up counteracting the adrenally restorative aspects of the medicine. The seeds can also be added to smoothies, salads, homemade mayo, omelettes and so on. Think of it as a very intense food and use it as such, as this is the approach that most traditional peoples have always taken with tonic medicines.

Exact recipes to come in the near future!

  3 Responses to “Some Nettle Seed Specifics”

  1. I adore nettles and their seeds, we eat them a lot for their nutrients and because its a very eat local ingredient for use. potato gnocchi pesto last week. i make it for the baby’s bottle too, green goat milk, she loves it! i am so thankful for nettles. i adore your blog too, thank you for all the wonderful information!

  2. I add the seeds to just about everything from soup to muffins. I’m wondering about the nettle herb though. I have read that it should not be collected when in seed. What do you know about this?

  3. Hi Riana, thanks for your lovely comment, I’m so glad you enjoy the blog! Are you cooking the nettles seeds before you use them? Does your lovely little bebe ever seem stimulated by the nettles at all, or do you notice any other effects?

    Valerie, I don’t recommend collecting nettle leaf when the plant is in seed, it seems to be harder on the kidneys because of the crystals that form in the plant during that time.

    When I use the seeds for medicine, I try not to get them warm, I’m sure they’re still very nutritious but I wonder if the adaptogenic effects are still intact.

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