Thursday, May 11, 2006

Stinging Nettle Infusion

Today, I've rekindled my love for stinging nettle infusion. When I lived in Germany, I used to drink gallons of it. I would steep large amounts of it in a glass jar overnight and drink it iced the next morning. It tastes so green and healthy and is full of minerals.

I was at my thinnest and healthiest then. There was something about the food, the lifestyle, and even the infusions... it all worked. I lost weight despite my lifestyle of eating well and drinking lots of cocktails.

So today, I made some stinging nettle tea. I let it steep for a while and it was lukewarm, too cool for me to sip and enjoy out of the mug. I was faced with a choice- heat it or ice it? I opted to put it on ice and each sip brought me back. I used to collect stinging nettle (with gloves) in the fields near our apartment. I also used to buy bags of it for around two euro a bag at the local Apotheke. I walked every. I miss it all.

Perhaps that iced glass of stinging nettle infusion is a sign that things are about to change.

4 comments:

Lady In Spain said...

Katherine, my dear! Of course I remember you...so sorry your emails were returned - most likely this was because of so much spam I had to delete a few addresses...or your's got buried under the spam. Please do contact me at my site using the (spam safe, heh heh) contact form!

Nettles! Oh yes. Friends of mine from Germany are bring a few roots. I will plant them in a safe part of my garden (where they cannot move into other parts of my herb garden). I look forward to baking with them, or fresh infusions and and and.

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Cynthia Gallaher said...

I heard stinging nettle is also a good natural antihistamine for hayfever and other allergies.

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Katherine Huether said...

Coincidence- I am drinking some stinging nettle now! I still haven't found any since moving back to the US.

Thanks for commenting. :)