What do I do with my wildcrafted nettles?

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Wow – what a great lunchtime lecture yesterday, Health and Culinary Benefits of Nettle, with expert ACHS instructor Scott Stuart! We were thrilled to fill the American College Apothecary Shoppe with more than thirty community members eager to learn more about the herbal, health, and culinary benefits of nettle (Urtica urens).

Did you know that nettle has a dry, slightly sweet and slightly salty taste, which comes from its enriching minerals? Nettle is also high in protein, which makes it a healthy and flavorful addition to your favorite recipes!

Nettle is a lot like spinach. For example, you can steam or saut? nettle and serve it plain or with a little sea salt as a healthy vegetable side dish. You can also add nettle into omelets, salads, pastas, soups, and stews, and use the herb to make teas and tinctures.

In fact, we posted a delicious nettle pesto recipe to ACHS Facebook you can download at facebook.com/ACHSedu. This recipe is part of the PowerPoint presentation Scott has shared with us for everyone who was unable to attend the live event. Download a PDF of the presentation here, including information about traditional and medicinal uses for nettle, and be sure to leave a comment!

How will you use nettles? Will you make a delicious meal? A body care product? A tincture? Tell us about it!

Interested in learning more about herbal medicine classes for health and wellness? American College accelerated online classes start March 19: Herb 101 Basics of Herbalism and Aroma 101 Introduction to Aromatherapy. >> Click here to request more information today.


Image: Health and Culinary Benefits of Nettle Lunchtime Lecture participants in the ACHS Apothecary Shoppe. Image ? Dorene Petersen 2012.

*This information has not been evaluated by the FDA. This information is presented for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease

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