Anyone who knows me knows of my obsession with Nettles. These plants to me are like gypsy grandmothers who are gloriously untamed, full of medicine, inner strength and who have a disregard for rules.
Many people know about Nettles and their wonderful ability to rebuild and restore due to being intensely nutritive, full of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. Nettles are more rich and nourishing than spirulina and they are free. But not many people have noticed let alone got to know the magic that lies within the seeds. When Nettles have seeded, tiny little bunches of crunchy seeds appear on long stems shooting out with potency and life and these are also a rich source of medicine and food. When these strings of seeds are pointing down to the ground with their own weight they are then ready to pick. They should look swollen crunchy and not brown or fluffy. The seeds in the picture above are on Nettles that are hanging upside down.
Nettle seeds work as an adaptogen (a natural substance considered to help the body adapt to stress.) and a trophorestorative (acts as a nutritive restorative for the body, usually with a strong affinity for an organ or organ system and corrects deficiency and weakness not simply through temporary stimulation but through the vital nourishment of that organ or organ system. )
Nettle seed has an affinity with the Kidneys and so works as an adaptogen and trophorestorative with this organ in mind, and has the same affect on the adrenals as well. The adrenals sit on top of the kidneys like a little triangular hat. Your adrenals are incredibly important to the health and wellbeing of your body,
they manufacture certain vital hormones, such as the stress hormone cortisol (which helps regulate metabolism and helps your body respond to stress), adrenaline (which helps your body react to stress, preparing your body to spring into action in a stressful situation). Too much stress over long periods of time such as busy jobs, the constant thought of all those bills to pay, school work overload, weekends with a thousand things jammed into them, meetings, the feeling of not being good enough and on top of that pile unhealthy doses of coffee and vast amounts of alcohol… all of these lead to an overload for the adrenal glands. They will start to produce too much adrenaline and cortisol which leads to a constant feeling of fight or flight which leads to complete exhaustion and renders the adrenal glands dysfunctional and therefore altering the appropriate balance of hormones in the body. The adrenals are not designed for a constant level of stress that is so common in this modern western lifestyle and its societal demands for busyness and pushing oneself to the max.
Both fresh Nettles and Nettle seeds work wonders for the adrenal glands and are a real restorative.
Dried Nettle seed when eaten 1-2 teaspoons a day boosts energy levels, reduces stress and gives a feeling of calm and wellbeing. Fresh Nettle seed or an extra large dose can be a little too potent for many people and the dried seeds give a softer more gentle effect. Of course Nettles and their seeds won’t cure you of stress but they can help bring about a sense of wellness that will help you deal with what needs to change in your life to make you feel healthier again, such as time for you, learning what’s really important in life and how to follow what it is you really want. If you are doing all these things and yet can’t seem to find energy for life it may be that you have adrenal burn out and Nettle seeds and fresh nettle leaves will help restore balance to the adrenals and bring back much needed energy levels.
It’s worth knowing that when Nettles have flowered and seeded the leaves can become an irritant to the kidneys and a mild laxative. Once they have seeded use the seeds and not the leaves. The seeds are less drying than the leaves and are more oil rich and so are better for people who have a tendency to dryness.
I like to eat my Nettle seeds on yogurt, porridge, put in smoothies, taken by the teaspoon in the morning, added to raw chocolate balls, made into a vinegar, sprinkled on salads and added to sandwiches.
Enjoy the abundance!