Stinging nettle is powerful nutritive herb that works her magic over time. High in vitamin A, vitamins B-1, B-2, B-3, B-5, amino acids, calcium, folate, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, and potassium, nettle is a medicine that EVERY woman should have in their cabinet.
Nutritive herbs high in minerals like nettle are a remedy for the patriarchy.
Since the industrial revolution and the global focus on ‘progress’, large scale agriculture techniques have been working away to try and meet the huge global demand for food.
In addition to increased pesticide and herbicide usage in food, many large-scale farms use a technique called mono-cropping. This is where one single crop is planted in neat little rows, which makes it very convenient for the farmers and the machines helping them to plant and harvest.
The problem? Plants aren’t meant to grow that way. If you look into nature, you see plants of all sizes, shapes, and species coexisting and thriving together.
Just like humanity, nature needs diversity to thrive.
I call nettle a tonic for the patriarchy because it supports us in nourishing a system that is depleted of energy, sucked dry from a system that values production over sustainability.
For those who feel fatigued with symptoms of adrenal burnout, nettle is here to nurture you back to health. I recommend her for people who experience cramping, dizziness, and general weakness before, during, or after menstruation. Connecting with local nettle from your area is also an incredible way to build up natural resistance to pollen and other sources of allergy.
I recommend using nettle in a tea or tincture form. For people living in the US, check out my favorite organic + sustainable source for medicine (besides a local farmers market!), Mountain Rose Herbs.