Stinging Nettle-Urtica dioica for Good Health

Stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, or as my mom calls them “brennnessel” in German. In Germany after WWII her family was severely malnourished as there was not much food available, their bodies covered with open sores and they had lost most of their hair. My Oma would send my mom and her siblings out along the field ways with big baskets to pick the nettle. She recalls how much they hated picking them because all they had were knives and scissors,no gloves to protect their hands from the sting. My Oma would cook them like spinach and they swore it returned them to health, and to this day my mother still makes them in a delicious cream sauce and I can feel the nourishing, restorative energy almost immediately.  

One of the first to appear in my garden the nettles start to emerge in late February or early March, it seems as soon as a bit of warmth hits them they are ready to go to work, wasting no time.  This year after peeking out they were buried under about 12 inches of snow, as soon as it thawed they were still there, unnerved by it all. They show me their strength and offer me their resiliency.

Stinging nettle emerges in Spring

Nettle is an extremely nutritive herb and steamed they provide daily amounts of vitamins and minerals that include iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A, and more! It has the ability to restore depleted adrenals and bring more energy to the body.  Making a strong nettle tea infusion is another way of getting the nutrition it has to offer but you may have to drink often and daily, which is not a problem for me, it has a mild peppery flavor that tastes delicious as a tea.  Often I mix it with other herbs depending on my needs and you will find it in many of my herbal blends and is always available here at the studio. 

Nettles are a beloved herb used almost universally by all herbalists for its ability to support the whole body.  Herbalist David Hoffmann states that “nettle is one of the most widely applicable plants in the material medica, the herb strengthens and supports the whole body. Throughout Europe, nettle is used as a Spring tonic and general detoxifying remedy”

Nettles can be easily grown in your garden but you may want to keep them in an area where you don’t have to worry about brushing up against them as they will let you know they are there! The sting will cause a rash which will not last too long. If you have plantain leaves in the yard rubbing them on the sting will make it better. Mine are actually right in the middle of everything and I brush against them often, I’ve actually gotten quite used to the sting and it doesn’t bother me much anymore. There is actually an old technique called urtication where arthritic joints are lashed with nettle to increase mobility!

All over the world there are herbs that have the ability to support and strengthen the body, and some so widely sought after that we often overlook what is growing in our own back yards. Take the time to get to know and love nettle, you will be glad you did!

This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

 

New for Spring~Shungite & Amethyst~Rejuvenation & Transformation

These beautiful handcrafted shungite and amethyst stretch bracelets are now available at the studio. Shungite is known as the “stone of life” and is a powerful protector for the mind and body, shielding from EMF’s, and all types of negative energies. This wonderful stone is calming and relaxing and brings in positive light and energy to the wearer. Amethyst is a stone of transformation that surrounds you with positive protective energy, lifting your vibration and creating a peaceful vibe. Each one is carefully crafted with love and infused with healing Reiki energy.  There are limited amounts available of each style.  Currently there are two types to choose from, the shungite and a single amethyst bead or shungite, amethyst, and lava beads for adding your favorite essential oil.

Shungite is one of my favorite stones to wear and I am especially guided to use it in the springtime which inspired me to create these bracelets.

Not local to the area? No worries, you can find these pretty bracelets in my etsy shop here

Hot Stone Massage Special

We almost made it through the winter without a blizzard special but here it is, just a few days away from Spring! This special will run from Saturday March 18th until the end of March. $10 off a hot stone massage to melt away the aches and pains ❄️

*cannot be combined with other discounts or offers

Flower Therapy at the Studio~ Daffodil

She emerges from the earth coaxed by the gentle warmth of the Spring sunshine, her bright yellow blossoms shine bright to thaw your sorrows and awaken you to the light.  The daffodil is a symbol of rebirth and rejuvenation awakening our inner joy.

Join us for a unique energy healing workshop that combines the energetic vibration of the daffodil infused with the gentle healing of Reiki to align you with happiness and joy. In this workshop we will talk about the energetic healing properties of the daffodil and experience an energy healing.  A small bunch of daffodils will be yours to take with you.

You can attend the flower therapy workshop on April 2nd or book a private daffodil flower therapy session.

Cost of workshop on 4/2 is $15, Registration is required by 3/29. Call/e-mail/or register online.

Flower Therapy Sessions are $40