What to do with Stinging Nettles: Herb Spotlight

by | Nov 6, 2016

tincturthurs_nettleAs our tribe is in the thick of harvest, the final stages of packaging, and in the midst of unveiling our finished product, we are enjoying the journey and getting really excited to share all that we’ve been working so hard on! From the beginning of our blog we have been talking about the medicinal benefits of Terpenes, what strains you can find certain terpenes in, and over all breakdowns of these dynamic compounds. To continue providing all of our researched information about terpenes we started #TerpeneTuesday on our Instagram and Facebook, now going 4 weeks strong! To follow our weekly educational posts on this matter, like us on FaceBook and Instagram and continue to stay tuned to our weekly blog. This week on our social platforms we started another weekly tradition, #TinctureThursday. We will be sharing infographics about the “Herb Spotlight” of the week, all herbs featured are found in one or more of our 5 blend tribe of tinctures. Since transparency and full disclosure are very important to us, we want to share why we chose the herbs that we did when creating our blends. If you haven’t already, check out an earlier blog (History of Medicine Box Tinctures: Where, when, why) for breakdowns and specific uses for each blend. Our first #TinctureThursday post is about Nettle, which only seemed fitting since it is a staple in my home for myself and my family. In this article I will share how to get more of this powerful plant ally in your body and why you might choose to do so.

⇷Urtica Dioica⇸

Nettle has been used for centuries all over the world. It can be dried and used for teas and infusions, applied topically, eaten, and used for textiles because of it’s tightly woven fibers (similar to hemp.) Each aspect of the plant has different medicinal uses, for instance the seed is used as a tropospheric restorative (bringing balance to an organ or organ system,) in this case to the kidney and adrenal systems. Roots are commonly used for tea, tinctures, or powdered and encapsulated. The top of the plant (the shoots,) can be consumed like food and makes an incredible pesto (see below.) There is an abundance of balancing and immune building properties to nettles, we at Medicine Box are firm believers in it’s vast power! You will find nettle in the Vital Restoration and Happy Belly tinctures. To increase your intake of nettle in your daily diet, a fabulous and simple way (aside from our tincture blends,) to do so is to create an infusion. An infusion is a concentrated dose of the given herb, therefor you use more than you would for a seeped cup of tea.

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's nettle recipes


-Use a large mason jar (with a lid,) and 


fill it about ⅓ of the way to the top with nettle

-Add a tablespoon of peppermint or spearmint (optional)

-Boil water and pour boiling water into your vessel

-Cover and let seep for minimum 4 hours (overnight is a great option as well!)

-Drain, and enjoy throughout the day!

Nettle (top) Pesto:

-Soak nettles in cold water for 5 minutes

-Using rubber gloves pull the leaves from the stems and discard the stems

-Put nettles in boiling water and let boil for 1 minute

-Drain the water completely (squeeze as much water as possible out of the leaves,) spread the nettles out so they can cool

-Chop finely

-Add the nettle, mint, lemon juice pine nuts, minced garlic and salt and pepper to your food processor or blender and blend until mixture has formed a paste

-Add olive oil and cheese

-Serve over pasta, fish, chicken or dish of your choice!

  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 pound stinging nettles
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup firmly packed grated Parmesan (if you are using cheese!)  

We hope this has sparked inspiration and/or curiosity of creative ways to increase your herb intake. Stay tuned for our #TinctureThursday herb spotlight post weekly on our FaceBook and Instagram pages.