"Stinging nettle or common nettle, Urtica dioica, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica. The plant has many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on its leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles that inject histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals. The plant has a long history of use as a medicine and as a food source. – Wikipedia"
Midwives and herbalists often recommend it for pregnancy, labor, and lactation.
Drinking it as a tea throughout pregnancy could be very helpful if you’re planning a home birth. Drinking infused Nettles can build up vitamin K. And if you’re low in iron, it’s a natural way to increase iron intake.
Nettles are also considered helpful with...
~ Reducing postpartum bleeding.
~ Breastmilk production.
~ Easing muscle and leg cramps
~ Reducing hemorrhoids
~ Diminishing pain during and after birth
How to Infuse Nettles
2 to 3 Tablespoons of dried Nettles added to a 32 oz Mason jar or fill the jar with fresh nettles if you have some it.
Fill the jar with boiling water, about four cups. Cover. Let it steep for four hours on your kitchen counter. Steeping in a closed jar prevents water-soluble vitamins from escaping with the steam.
Once cooled, keep your infusion in the fridge and drink it within 48 hours.
The infusion should be deep and dark green in color and have a rich, herbaceous flavor.
It goes nicely with raw sugar or creamed honey. I preferred creamed honey with this infusion.
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Disclaimer: This post is presented on an informative basis only and should not be substituted for a qualified diagnosis. I am not a medical expert, nor a herbalist. All experiences shared here are my own. All opinions stated are my own. The reader is encouraged to conduct their own personal research.
Wise Woman Herbal: Childbearing Year by Susun Weed