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Nettle tea (yum!)

Southern North Carolina is getting more snow than usual. They don’t plow our side streets, so we have been stuck for a few days. My family wouldn’t mind a little, but we are counting our blessings since we lived in northern Ohio and experienced some really bad winters! Weather like that can really make people hardy – that’s for sure. I remember driving to or from work in Cleveland in -10 wind chill with a blizzard going on at the same time, I hardly believe it! Then we moved to the coasts of Florida which we do miss now even more than before. 🙂

Nettle infusion,  echinacea  tincture

Nettle infusion, echinacea tincture

Here is pic I took of an infusion andtincture I made that Susun Weed swears by.  I made a nettle infusion, which to me is like a strong tea, and am drinking it cold today. Since the Holiday season I have been stuffed up, watery eyes, just feeling weak. I hate this, especially when I am used to feeling pretty energetic. This nettle flavor is not bad at all, but a bit grassy.  I would never add honey or sugar though, it just doesn’t need Here is a posting from Susun on the type of infusions she likes to create:

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) builds energy, strengthens the adrenals, and is said to restore youthful flexibility to blood vessels. A cup of nettle infusion contains 500 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of bone-building magnesium, potassium, silicon, boron, and zinc. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, D, E, and K. For flexible bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beautiful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sister stinging nettle. It may make you feel so good you’ll jump up and exercise.

Oatstraw (Avena sativa) reduces high cholesterol, increases libido, and strengthens the nerves. A cup of oatstraw infusion contains more than 300 milligrams of calcium plus generous amounts of many other minerals. Its steroidal saponins nourish the pancreas and liver, improving digestion and stabilizing moods. Oatstraw is best known however for its ability to enhance libido and mellow the mood. Do be careful whom you share it with, or you may find yourself sowing some wild oats. In Auryuvedic medicine, oatstraw is considered the finest of all longevity tonics.

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is better in every way than its cousin soy. It contains four phytoestrogens; soy has only one (isoflavone). Red clover infusion has ten times more phytoestrogens than soy “milk,” fewer calories, more calcium, and no added sugars. Red clover is the world’s leading anti-cancer herb; soy isoflavone encourages the growth of breast cancer cells in the lab. Red clover improves the memory; Japanese men who ate tofu twice a week doubled their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Soy beverage can contain up to 1000 times more aluminum than milk, according to Sally Fallon, lipid researcher and fat specialist. She believes that “the highly processed soy foods of today are perpetuating . . . nutrient deficiencies. . . .”

Comfrey (Symphytum) leaf is free of the compounds (PAs) found in the root that can damage the liver. I have used comfrey leaf infusion regularly for decades with no liver problems, ditto for the group of people at the Henry Doubleday Research Foundation who have eaten cooked comfrey leaves as a vegetable for four generations. Comfrey is also known as “knitbone,” and no better ally for the woman with thin bones can be found. And, don’t forget, comfrey contains special proteins used in the formation of short-term memory cells. Its soothing mucilage adds flexibility to joints, eyes, vagina, and lungs.

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I simmered a quart of water and placed in 2 small handfuls of nettle. Yeah I’m bad like that, I don’t always measure in the kitchen. I let it steep for only 2 hours. Susan says 4 hours is best, but it was after midnight. I am drinking some now… tasty. I will update you soon on how this makes me feel – hopefully more vibrant!  ☆  The echinacea tincture is made with vodka. This is the first one I have made myself and I can’t wait to try it. ButI’ll have to wait since it must sit for 6 weeks before I can bottle it.     Oh, I found another wonderful article from Susan to share!                         ☆.¸¸.•´¯`♥ !Goddess Blessings! ☆.¸¸.

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Eclectic homeschoolin' momma from Cleveland, OH in Gastonia, NC. Enjoying the weather, my friends, my family, and making lots and lots of soap!