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Nettle Tea

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

I have a ton of stinging nettle growing all over my yard so Ive been making a lot of nettle tea. You can make sun tea or brew it like regular tea. Just make sure you wear gloves to pick it or it will sting! Nettle is one of my favorite herbs. You can read how amazing this plant is HERE and about it’s medicinal benefits.

Here are the steps to harvesting and brewing:

This is how to spot it

This is how to spot it. You can see it jutting out from a few different places.

The leaves are oval with a little point.

The leaves are oval with a little point.

You can cut the big stem off and just use the leaves to brew.

You can cut the big stem off and just use the leaves to brew.

Make sure you wear gloves to harvest as the stem is thorny but so is the underside of the leaves and they can sting if you touch them with bare hands.

Make sure you wear gloves to harvest as the stem is thorny but so is the underside of the leaves and they can sting if you touch them with bare hands.

Place them in a pan of boiling water but turn off the boil and simmer for 20-40 minutes.

Place them in a pan of boiling water but turn off the boil and simmer for 20-40 minutes.

When the nettles are done you can use your bare hands. They won't sting you after brewing.

When the nettles are done you can use your bare hands. They won’t sting you after brewing.

Strain and enjoy the many benefits of Stinging Nettle!

Strain and enjoy the many benefits of Stinging Nettle!

Birthday Thanks

Saturday, June 29th, 2013

On top of an amazing Raw Food Dinner my friends gave me some of the best birthday gifts this year:

My sister's golden monkey Budda

My sister’s golden monkey Budda

Christine's Collage of us

Christine’s Collage of us

Leslie's Magnet

Leslie’s Magnet

Deb's bronze mermaid

Deb’s bronze mermaid

One of Izzy's abstract originals

One of Izzy’s abstract originals

And…the words of warm birthday wishes from so many of you… thank you! June is not my favorite month anymore after Dennis passing on the 24th. But thanks to you all, you have lightened my spirit and got me through another year. oxox