As we all think about our work life balance and the wellbeing of ourselves and our teams, small things can make a big difference. Fresh nettle tea may not be the first thing you think of, but nettles are a superfood and nettle tea has a lot of benefits.
Despite the sting and the trickiness of picking them, I love stinging nettles. Especially nettle tea which is surprisingly tasty and energising.
We made nettle tea on Sunday which prompted me to write this post.
Nettles have been used for hundreds of years to treat all sorts of ailments, and will strengthen and support your whole body.
Nettles are one of the most nutrient dense wild foods you can find. In fact they're a superfood.
Nettles are high in calcium, chromium, magnesium, zinc, iron, selenium, potassium, trace minerals, protein and many vitamins including A and C...
Eating nettles or drinking nettle tea makes your hair shinier and your skin clearer, nourishes the blood, clears the mucous membranes and reduces inflammation - forager Robin Harford describes the feeling he gets from drinking nettle tea as like being moisturised from the inside out.
Basically nettle is all round very good for us. Here's almost 30 of the benefits of nettles...
"It's like being moisturised from the inside out"
To give you an idea of just how powerful this wild plant is, nettle has the potential to treat all the following ailments:
At School of the Wild, we bring leaders and teams outside to help them reconnect and think differently, so that they are inspired to change the way they work. We incorporate activities like making fire without matches as part of creating space for meaningful conversations, and often serve fresh nettle tea in the breaks. Have a look at our outdoor team building programmes for leaders and teams or get in touch for more info.
Author & Curator
Nigel Berman is the founder of School of the Wild.