"Discipline is remembering what you want." - David Campbell
Simple and potent, this quote has been with me all week. Alignment. Clarity. Boundaries. Willingness. A big part of this transition into spring is remembering to align and realign and continue to align in each moment with your "why" - the purpose behind your actions, your driving force, your inspiration or devotion. Get clear. Create boundaries. Be willing to see yourself in all of the ways you are (and are not) showing up to create what you want.
This week, I offer you a small amount of knowledge on the vast nourishment of nettles. May it serve the way you awaken your discipline and remember your "why".
Call on stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, the awakener to nourish your way into spring. Stinging nettle is a nutritive tonic that offers us a plethora of readily absorbed key vitamins, minerals, and critical trace minerals. You'll be hard pressed to find a plant more dense in nutrition, not even blue-green algae according to Susun Weed. As an alterative, nettle increases energy and ease in the circulatory, immune, endocrine, nervous, and urinary systems. All of our systems function more efficiently and effectively with regular use of nettle. It is an awesome kidney ally, a diuretic, and an adrenal restorative. It invigorates us from the inside out through feeding and cleansing the adrenals and plugs us into a storehouse of energy we didn't know we had access to!
Use nettle regularly to nourish your skin, hair, and nails, tone your respiratory system, stabilize your blood sugar, activate pathways of detoxification, restore your mood, and to bring dormant energies to life. Call on this ally for help cutting loose old patterns and conditioning to make space for new ways of being, seeing, and connecting. It can be a great teacher in this way.
In tribal and celtic lore, nettle is revered as the threshold guardian between life and death. Ceremoniously, Native American men would rub nettles on their bodies in fishing, whaling, and seal-hunting rituals to provide strength, protect against weather, and mask human odors. Stinging nettle is seen as a protector bestowing courage on those who carry it - especially offering protection to land and crops from early spring hail storms.
To benefit from the vast nourishment of this life-enhancing tonic prepare it as a nourishing herbal infusion. Pour a quart of just boiled water over one ounce (by weight) of dried nettle leaf. Cover your infusion and let it steep at room temperature for at least 4 hours but no more than 12 hours. Strain and enjoy or put it in the fridge for later consumption. Drink 2-3 quarts per week and open up to the abundance of energy and nourishment you are feeding yourself.
Happy nettle adventures! Let me know what you discover!