If you’re making a tea for yourself, the ratio is usually one teaspoon per one cup of water, although you can make a stronger brew once your body adapts to this tonic. The leaves need to steep for at least ten minutes to deactivate the stingers or you might have a bit of a tingly mouth. I’ve enjoyed this tea hundreds of times with no problem though.
Most health food stores also carry nettles in tincture and capsule form depending on what you are using this plant for. Consult a naturopath for any contraindications that may apply to any condition you may have or medications you are taking.
Tip: Another way to ingest nettles is in a wonderful soup or as steamed greens! They have been eaten in these forms for hundreds of years. Don’t worry if you’re stumped on how to start cooking with nettles – there are a myriad of recipes online to fuel your creative culinary pursuits.
So, we’re on to how to make your own organic fertilizer out of nettles. I’ve provided two methods: an advanced method, which is easy, but requires a bit of wait time, and a quick method for those in a hurry.