This week's recipe is Nettle Scramble. It's so easy, you don't even have to think about it. Just sauté the chopped nettle then scramble with pastured eggs in butter. Season and serve with some beautiful organic sourdough bread that's been thickly buttered. You can in fact do this with any wild greens, such as dandelion, plantain, sow thistle, prickly lettuce, mallow, purslane, warrigal greens, dock, etc etc. but nettle it was for me this time!
WARNING: Always wear gloves when harvesting or preparing nettles, or ouchies!! FYI: The sting is neutralised upon cooking and blending.
Yet another weed that most of us pull and throw out, like dandelions, stinging nettle is a wonderful health-boosting herb that should never be dowsed with weed-killer, but ...plucked and dried to make into an herbal panacea that could make the local pharmacy go bankrupt.
To give you an idea of just how powerful this singular plant is, nettle has the potential to treat the following ailments:
Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
Helps to support the adrenals
It helps with diabetes mellitus
Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
Promotes milk production in lactating women
Relieves menopausal symptoms
Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
Helps break down kidney stones
Helps with respiratory tract disease
Supports the kidneys
Helps asthma sufferers
Reduces incident of prostate cancer
Minimizes skin problems
Eliminates allergic rhinitis
Cures the common cold
Helps with osteoarthritis
Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas.