Well, my friend Nettle and I are getting along very nicely so far. It has only been three days since I started taking this NHI (Nourishing Herbal Infusion). I have been making a quart each night and drinking it the following day. Taking an NHI appeals to me because of it is more of a whole body take on healing, healing the body from the inside out by providing nutrients, vitamins and minerals. I used to drink a green barley drink many moons ago in my fresh carrot juice. I have to tell you I enjoyed it, but since beginning this part of my journey, I am very desirous of leaving the supplement lifestyle behind and walk the road of simple whole healing and nutrition.
I felt very drawn to nettle (Urtica Dioca...sheesh I even love it's latin name), and decided to start there.
Some information regarding nettle that I have learned is:
Properties: Nutritive, astringent, diuretic and styptic. (Has anyone noticed any laxative effects? I was having some difficulty and seem to be having very normal bowel movements now. I am wondering if it is due to the nettle?)
Nutrients: Calcium, potassium, Protein (YAY!) iron, B carotene, chlorophyll (love green!), Vitamins A,C,D and K.
Benefits: Strengthens kidneys and lungs, intestines, and arteries. Restores vibrancy to the adrenal system. According to Susun Weed nettle NHI is one of her favorite anti cancer remedies. According to the Herbalist & Alchemist website nettle is also used as a venous tonic for varicose veins, capillary fragility, and excessive bruising. There are a number of ailments that nettle help with ranging from acne, to edema, to PMS to varicose veins. (Yes, I mentioned that twice because I have two legs that have more than their fair share of variscosities.)
There is much informantion on the web and many articles regarding the wonder and healign in nettle. One of my favorites is by my teacher Kiva Rose on the Anima site. You can read it by haz clic aqui! ;-)
This is a doodle I did while thinking about my lovely nettle.