I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and learn from some amazing experts—who also happen to be my clients. One of my favorites is Wellness Advocate and Herbalist Julie Hovsepian, a client since 2003! With Julie’s extensive knowledge of healing plants, I knew she’d be the perfect guest blogger to complete my Detox Series. – Olga Lorencin
Magic of Nettles
Did you start Olga’s 21 day detox plan? If so, hopefully your body and mind are feeling amazing right now! If you’re having difficulty, try easing into it by incorporating one detoxification practice each week—consuming more water, more organic vegetables, no added sugar etc. This will be so helpful for your body and mind to recover, heal and thrive.
Herbs are another way to support us on our healing journeys. Even if you’ve been drinking herbal teas for years, you may not be fully aware of the deep healing benefits of the herbs already found in your kitchen cabinets or gardens. A few common examples: chamomile, known for its calming, anti-inflammatory properties; ginger, a digestive tonic known to cleanse the body and promote healthy joint function; and rosemary, an antioxidant and antifungal herb known to help boost circulation.
The benefits of everyday herbs are endless, but today I want to focus on one specific herb: nettles (aka stinging nettles). This wild, leafy green “weed” grows all over…so you’ve probably had it down by your feet at some point without knowing it! Nettles sting to the touch in the wild, but when prepared in tea and food, they’re incredibly earthy and delicious.
This herb also offers excellent support for the detoxification process. Nettles are nourishing, nutrient-dense and rich in vitamins and minerals. These include calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A, B & K. This combination is great for glowing skin and healthy-looking hair and nails. Nettles are also known to cleanse and energize the body, aid digestion and help fortify the immune and circulatory systems.
JULIE’S NETTLE TIPS & TECHNIQUES
- When shopping for nettles, always look for organic. If it’s grown locally, this herb may be available fresh in loose leaf form or bagged in the grocery/health food store produce section. Native herbs are especially equipped to defend against environmental toxins in your area.
- Steep fresh nettles in a cup of cold, filtered water for at least 20-30 minutes. I love this cold infusion so much that I make it in a quart size to keep on hand as a healthy drink option.
- Try drinking Nettle Tea daily for 1-2 weeks. It’s the perfect combination of highly nutritive and gently cleansing at the same time. If you are drinking it and it feels like your body can’t get enough then keep going—that’s telling you that it has properties your body needs right now!
- If you don’t like tea or can’t obtain fresh nettle, this herb is also readily available in tincture or capsule form.
- As with everything, listen to your body and pay attention to how it feels in order to find out what you need. Know that this may differ from your family members’ or friends’ needs.
Finally, it’s important to be intentional with all herbs. Thank them for their natural medicinal support every time you drink or consume them. It’s a beautiful way to take a beat from your busy day and be present for a moment before drinking your cup of herbal tea. Enjoy!
- Julie Hovsepian, Wellness Advocate & Herbalist