The Stinging Truth about Stinging Nettles

Feb, 03, 2019

By Fredrica Syren:
The other day someone told me they found stinging nettle and I could barely contain my excitement. Stingingnettle is one of the earliest green plants to emerge each spring in many cold climates and is worth the hard work of finding them, picking them without getting a rash, and then taking care of them. Here is a great web site with information on how to find, identify and pick stinging nettle.

can be used in so many ways. First and foremost, it’s a delicacy that is also super nutritional and contains chlorophyll, which makes it a superfood. But nettle can be used also as a natural fertilizer for the garden and food for chickens.

Chicken Feed

To make chicken feed, dry the nettles before feeding the chickens nettle flakes.

Fertilizer for Garden

To make fertilizer, make sure to use only nettle leaves without seeds or you will end up with nettle growing in your garden. Cover a bucketful with water and let sit for 3-5 days, depending how warm it is. (Warmer=shorter soaking time). Use it to water plants.

Nettle Tea

Stinging nettle can be dried and used as a tea. It contains restorative elements which boost the immune system. Nettle contains lots of vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium and iron. During my pregnancy and after giving birth, I drank nettle tea to boost my iron level. To make dried tea, dry nettle leaves on low heat (I use a dehydrator) until completely dry, about 10 hours, then crumble them. To brew the tea, add 1 tsp. dried stinging nettle leaf to 16 oz. hot water. Steep for 2-3 minutes.

Allergy Relief

If, like my husband, you are suffering from seasonal allergies, stinging nettle can help. It contains compounds that actually inhibit histamine release and reduce inflammation. It’s recommended to drink 1 to 2 cups of nettle tea daily to help ease seasonal allergies.

Superfood Powder

Besides making nettle tea, I also like to make a superfood powder that I use in smoothies. I just put dried nettle leaves into a vitamixer and process until it’s a powder. Perfect for the morning smoothie.

Nettles in Food

As I said before, stinging nettle is a delicacy. Here are links to some of my favorite nettle recipes:

Nettle pestonasselsoppa

Nettle soup

Nettle Quiche

Nettle pancakes


Fredrika Syren


  1. Reply

    Larraine Roulston

    April 8, 2014

    Hi. I discovered I had nettles a couple of years ago and combined them with spinach.
    I tried to transplant some but didn’t have luck. Last year, none appeared. Can you purchase nettle seeds anywhere. Larraine

    • Reply

      Green Mom

      April 10, 2014

      Good question Larraine and I don’t think you can. Maybe you can find a female nettle plant and use those seeds:)

      • Reply


        June 27, 2014

        You certainly can buy seeds. I bought some earlier this year!

        • Reply

          Green Mom

          June 28, 2014

          That is great news, thanks for sharing!

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