Herbal Remedies, Kitchen Witchery

Remedies and Charms Using Nettle: Tea

Now that we’ve learned about the magickal and medicinal properties of Nettle, let’s look at some practical tea recipes to add into our routines.

If you are in need of ingredients, there is a wide variety of dried herbs available in the Apothecary.

Or if you’re looking for a premade, loose leaf mix containing nettle, there’s always the Holy Hot Humid-I-Titties Crone Tea Blend.

A General Sense of Wellbeing Tea

A General Sense of Wellbeing Tea
Alexis J. Cunningfolk | Worts + Cunning

Combine equal parts of the following:
Oats (Avena sativa)
Nettles (Urtica dioica)
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Let steep for 20 minutes and then add in a generous amount of your milk of choice for a nourishing and relaxing brew.

Menopause Night Sweats Tea

Menopause Night Sweats Tea
Deb Soule | The Roots of Healing

Combine equal parts of:
Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Nettles (Urtica dioica)

Prepare as standard infusion and enjoy 1 hour before bed.

Stinging Nettle Infusion for Strong Hair, Nails, and Teeth

Stinging Nettle Infusion for Strong Hair, Nails, and Teeth
Melanie St. Ours | The Simple Guide to Natural Health

Benefits and Uses: strengthens and beautifies your body from the inside out

Avoid: combining with blood thinners that require you to be careful about vitamin K levels. If you have any doubts, ask your prescribing physician.

Yields: 2 servings

  • 1 heaping cup dried stinging nettle leaf
  • Scant 4 cups water
  1. Place stinging nettle leaf at the bottom of a quart-sized Mason jar.
  2. Boil water and pour it over the stinging nettle leaf in the jar.
  3. Stir stinging nettle leaf so that it is fully saturated with hot water and then let the mixture steep on the counter at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. When you’re ready to drink the infusion, strain it through cheesecloth, a nut milk bag, or a fine-mesh sieve and drink. You can reheat it if desired, or serve it chilled. Store any leftovers in the fridge and drink within 24 hours.

Remedy Notes: This rich infusion supports healthy hair, nails, teeth, and bones by providing your body with easy-to-absorb vitamins and minerals including magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and K. Enjoy this infusion a few times per week for maintenance or, if you’re struggling with weak hair, splitting nails, osteopenia, anemia, or fatigue, drink at least one serving per day until your condition improves. If you don’t like the taste of the infusion at first, try substituting half of the nettle leaf with peppermint leaves or stirring in some miso paste to create a savory “broth”.

Creaky Bones and Achy Joints High Calcium Tea

Creaky Bones & Achy Joints High-Calcium Tea
Rosemary Gladstar | Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide

A high-calcium tea, this formula is great for young people going through growth spurts as well as for older people with achy joints.

2 parts nettle leaf
1 part green oat top (milky top of just ripening oats)
½ part horsetail leaf
A pinch of stevia

To make the tea:
Prepare the herbs as an infusion. Sweeten with stevia, if desired.

To use:
Drink 2 to 4 cups of tea per day for 3 to 4 weeks.

Nettle Mint Tea for Allergies

Nettle-Mint Tea for Allergies
Wardee Harmon | Traditional Cooking School

Servings: 12 cups

My brew is strong because that is how we like it. Adjust to match your tastes. I make this batch in my Bodum 12-cup French press. Use a teapot if you like; strain out the leaves with a tea strainer.

Ingredients
3/4 cup dried organic nettle leaves *
1/4 cup dried organic peppermint or spearmint leaves*
pure water to cover, boiling
raw honey or xylitol (optional, for sweetening)

*Or use 1/2 cup nettle leaves and 1/2 cup mint leaves, depending on your taste

To Make:
Put herbs in bottom of French press. Pour boiling water over. Cover. Do not press down. Let steep 10 to 15 minutes. Press. Pour into cups and sweeten, if desired.

Store leftover tea in the refrigerator. Consume within 24 hours by reheating or drinking iced. Don’t store it in the French press or it will become bitter.

Iced Tea Variation: Put double the amount of herbs in the French press (2 cups total). Pour boiling, pure water over all of it. Fill a separate pitcher with 2 trays’ worth of ice cubes. After the tea has steeped for about 15 minutes, pour it into the pitcher. Put in the refrigerator to finish chilling or serve over ice immediately. Sweeten to taste.

Pregnancy Tonic Tea

Pregnancy Tonic Tea
Rosemary Gladstar | Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide

A delicious, nourishing tea to drink throughout pregnancy, with several essential vitamins and minerals.

1 part green oat top (milky top of just ripening oats)
1 part lemon balm leaf
1 part nettle leaf
1 part raspberry leaf

To make the tonic:
Prepare an infusion of the herbs.

To use:
Drink 2 to 4 cups daily, or as often as desired, throughout pregnancy.

Strawberry Nettle Iced Tea

Strawberry Nettle Iced Tea
Trish Bozeman | Rhubarbarians

Super healthy and fresh Strawberry Nettle Iced Tea! Naturally sweetened with strawberries, this nettle iced tea is full of vitamins and nutrients and tastes fantastic!

Servings: 6 cups

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
6 cups water
2 Tbsp dried nettle leaf

Instructions:

  1. Combine the strawberry slices, vanilla, and the water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in the dried nettle leaf. Let steep for 10 minutes.
  3. Strain through cheesecloth or a fine mesh sieve.
  4. Let cool, then refrigerate until cold. Serve with ice.

Find the herbs you need for these recipes and more at The Witchy Gypsy Apothecary.

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Disclaimer: Please note that I am a not medical professional and everything written here is a product of my own research. Don’t take any advice given here over that of a trained doctor. If you ingest any herbs, always make sure that you’re 100% sure that they’re safe. If you’re pregnant or giving to a child, always consult a doctor before ingesting herbs and plant you aren’t familiar with. Magickal instruction and spells are for personal entertainment purposes only. The desired result/outcome cannot be guaranteed as a result of using any magickal item, and should not be used as a replacement for medical/professional assistance.

Sources

Cunningfolk, A. (2017) Sweet the Sting: Nettle’s Plant Profile. Worts+Cunning Apothecary. http://www.wortsandcunning.com/blog/nettles-plant-profile

Gladstar, R. (2012) Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs: A Beginner’s Guide. Massachusetts. Storey Publishing

St. Ours, M. (2018) The Simple Guide to Natural Health. Massachusetts. Adams Media

Harmon, W. (2007) Nettle Mint Tea for Allergies. https://traditionalcookingschool.com/food-preparation/recipes/nettle-mint-tea-for-allergies/

Bozeman, T. (2016) Strawberry Nettle Iced Tea. https://www.rhubarbarians.com/strawberry-nettle-iced-tea/

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