Stinging nettle Infusion
By Kay Saarinen of Saarinen Organics,
Eco skin care made sustainably in Australia
Dried nettle 30 gm per 1 litre of filtered rain water
I get asked all the time about how to make tinctures and herbal infusions.
It is pretty simple stuff, you just need to research each herb to find out what is best to draw out all the goodness that you need.
Some need to be used fresh and some need to be dried, some need an alcohol base some can be made with vinegar.
I use herbal infusions and apple cider vinegar tinctures in my skin care.
Stinging nettle is found in Australia from Qld to tassie in wet gullies, so we have it in abundance here so we can wild harvest though after the fires it hasn’t come back as yet so we are going to give it a go cropping it this spring.
We have heaps growing in the chook run, it readily will grow in with chooks because it loves alot of nitrogen, we are going to dig up the rhizomes and give it a crack at mass producing it.
It grows as a rhizome so you can easily transplant it.
What stinging nettle is good for
Nettle for infusions i prefer dried though it takes a while to brew it to get all of her compounds and nutrients out
She has vit ABCK loads of vitamins
High in iron and vit C
Great for stress & Anxiety
Energy – great instead of coffee if you can do that
Its an anti inflammatory thats why i use it in my night day and sunscreen creams for it helps with puffiness.
helps with puffy eyes as well
I love to soak makeup pads in the nettle infusion and lay there with them on my eyes.
It is also used as a scalp treatment for a rinse with itchy skin and flaky sculp.
Let it brew for at least 24 hours if not 30,
We have it in our heads that herbal tea should be a quick brew light black tea, this is such a western thought and thats all about taste.
Funny enough black tea goes bitter the longer you brew it though stinging nettle improves in taste.
Strain it and drink it cold.
Using nettle fresh is best in cooking like soups as it breaks down quickly.