Nettle Nutritional Medicine from the Good Green Earth -
The picture series depict the transformation from a stinger in the field to a delicacy on the plate. Sauteed onion, mushroom and Nettle greens are topped with balsamic vinegar, Tahini and black pepper.
Ancient Egyptians used Stinging Nettle for arthritis and the Romans to stimulate circulation and keep warm. The sting effect, which is caused by formic acid is the same as in an ants bite, although mildly unpleasant, actually has therapeutic medicinal value. Native Americans actually used the sting of the stinging Nettle. They would run scantily clothed through fields of Nettle to treat arthritic pain. The sting BTW is readily neutralized by cooking or drying for edible consumption.
Modern medicinal properties of nettle have substantial evidence-based documentation. Having anti-inflammatory, antihistamine and anti-tumor properties it is commonly used for allergy, hay fever, asthma,
enlarged prostate and cancer.
Especially when blanched, it is one of the most deep and rich green's available. it nutritionally holds its own up against any of the top super greens.
Containing all of the essential amino acids, it is a complete protein, has an abundance of healthy fats, fiber, is especially mineral, chlorophyll and carotenoid rich. It's polyphenol flavonoids such as quercetin give it its antihistamine and anti-tumor properties
If you're fortunate enough to have it growing in a nearby field, free food-medicine is always a nice bonus! If not consider planting a patch in an out-of-the-way spot of your yard or garden.
If you suffer from allergies or hay fever this time of year, and want safe fast and effective relief, look for my upcoming post. It will cover not only natural remedies, but explain dietary and immune factors that will allow you to relieve not only allergy symptoms but the underlying cause.
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