EAT NETTLES THEY ARE AN ESSENTIAL PATHWAY TO AMAZING HEALTH, WITH RADIANCE AND VITALITY.
Spring is now upon us, we have our Wild Food friends now surfacing two right here right now are the Wild Nettles and Wild Garlics.
We will be posting two you tubes on both of these to help you identify them and pick them and what you can do with them.
Now is the time to pick them and store them here in Britain for those colder months that we have to endure, part of being a good wild food forager is the ability to think ahead and harvest with the coming colder winter climbs also u[pon us, to store them so that when they are not here you can still enjoy there benefits, through dehydrating them, drying them however you seem fitting for you and your lifestyle.
By seeing the peak of how say the apple grows, or berries and nettles you can gleam them, pick them and have them for your future.
We will discuss the importance of Nettle (Urtica dioica) as food and medicine.
Nettle needs to be consumed regularly if you live in a place where it grows, as the plant is communicating to You!!
“Hey you need me, please pick me and enjoy in my health benefits, and here is where I am, pick me in abundance, there is so so much i am here for, don’t stereotype me, embrace me, become one with me, I am an expression of you and the biosphere (environment) in which you live, pick me, by bringing me into your life, i have a myriad of uses, far and wide.”
“My name is Urtica to Urticate is too apply and help release toxins built up in the body, whether it is old scar tissue, muscle damage, inflammation I am an ally to release and create pathways, to unlock with ease and grace, if you allow me to do my work.”
“I will help you to heal twice as fast on application to sprains, congestions, neck ache, old scar tissue, I can really help you”
“I am Nettle I am Your Friend.”
“I am a nutritious and a medicinal friend, you can make a simple tea from me, just add hot water to me, and enjoy my benefits.”
There are so many nettles in our country.
It is an amazing healing herb and it is only here and other places in Europe that it is considered a noxious weed.
Anywhere that a noxious weed is found is rare some where else.
So rather than to think of it as a noxious weed, we should start to consider it our Abundant Friend. That is trying to remind us of something.
The nettle should be the National food of England and Wales, probably Ireland too i imagine.
It is amazing that there are under nutrition people in our world, taking all their prescribed medicines, when this plant has pages and pages of health mineral and vitamin benefits that your body can access right away.
Milarepa of Tibet
Milarepa is one of the most widely known Tibetan Saints. The narrative of his life has thus been passed down through almost a millennium of time and has become an integral part of Tibetan culture. Milarepa composed innumerable songs (couplets) throughout his life. These songs have been widely sung and studied in Tibet ever since and have been recorded as the Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa. His faithful devotion, boundless religious zeal, monumental forbearance, superhuman perseverance, and ultimate final attainment are a great inspiration today for all. His auspicious life illumined the Buddhist faith and brought the light of wisdom to sentient beings everywhere. Thus he took on a Greenish Glow!
Could this greenish glow have been attributed to his life living on nettles?
here is a passage that i have found:
There he settled in the spacious comfortable cave, not even sleeping, but meditating continuously except for a single break once a day to prepare a meal of flour and water mixed with whatever root or edible he might find. At about this time Milarepa gained proficiency in the yogic power of Tum-mo, the generation of the Ecstatic Internal Warmth, in which the body generates a great deal of heat. This allowed him to stay relatively warm through the cold Tibetan winters with nothing but a thin cotton covering whereas most people had to wear thick wool and leather hides. For this reason he came to be called Mila – repa or Mila the cotton clad.
His daily routine of meditation continued for four years until his supply of flour ran out. This caused him great concern because he had vowed to himself not to return to the world for any reason – but with no food, he was afraid he might die without having attained liberation. He decided to walk about outside the cave in search of some kind of food. Not far from the cave he found a sunny spot with springs of fresh water, an expansive view of the area, with a large quantity of nettles growing all about. He made a soup of nettle broth and found it to be somewhat palatable. This was now to become his sole source of food for some time to come. He continued his meditations on his new diet, but without any nurturing food, his body soon became emaciated and the hair on his body began to take on a greenish tinge from the nettles. He became very weak and often thought of opening the scroll that Marpa had given him for a time of dire need. But he continued to make progress in his meditations.
The hair on his body took on a more greenish color… his nettle broth for sustenance.
The One Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa, Tibetan Buddhist Hermit
Throughout the Mila Grubum or “Hundred Thousand Songs of Milarepa” –illuminating narratives of his life as well as copious dohas or “songs,” devotional and poetic recitations or sayings — Milarepa offers a complete exposition of the tenets of Tibetan Buddhism, while the compilers reveal in detail illustrative anecdotes about his eremitical and teaching life. As translator Garma Chang notes of the Mila Grubum:
It has been read as the biography of a saint, a guide book for devotions, a manual of Buddhist Yoga, a volume of songs and poems, and even a collection of Tibetan folklore and fairy tales.
The Tibetan Yogi and His life as an Aesthetic
Milarepa found a mountain cave and dwelt there alone in meditation for twelve years. His methodology was mahamudra, an equivalent of Chan or Zen in its emphasis on practice and No-Mind, but including breathwork, recitation, and bowing. The story tells how Milarepa remained in the cave year round, naked and subsisting on nettles, his body turning green from the nettles (or from the algae growing on his skin). But finally Milarepa attained enlightenment, and a new phase of his life began.
Milarepa’s chief place of meditation was Snow Mountain in the so-called Red Rock Jewel Valley. Here he remained in summer. In winter he dwelt in forests, meditating. In spring he emerged again, wandering meadows, hills, and brooks.
Milarepa was able to abide his frigid mountain home because of the ability to generate tummo, or “vital heat,” a Tantric discipline by which he was able to keep his body warm. With little to eat, nevertheless, solitude sustained him:
The falling snow enclosed my house of meditation.
Dakinis [i.e. goddesses] gave me food and sustenance.
The water of Snow Mountain was the purest draught.
All was done without effort.
There is no need to farm where there is no demand for food.
My store is full without preparation or hoarding.
By observing my own mind, all things are seen;
By sitting in a solitary place, the royal throne is reached.
Thus did Milarepa radiate spiritual light like a beacon, drawing vast numbers of sentient beings forward toward the light of deliverance and dispelling in all directions the darkness of selfishness and ignorance.
Incredible Being of Light.
- Spring 7 Brainfood Radiance Nettle Elixir
- 20/30 fresh picked nettle tops (top 4 leafing branches)
- 2 lemons
- 4 apples
- 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
- 1 tsp of Celtic Grey Sea Salt
- 4 Sticks of Green Celery
- 1 thumb size of fresh root gingerDirections:
Okay, so you have collected barehanded your nettle tops. When you get stung by nettles, 7 neurotransmitters are released – one of which is serotonin – the feel-good “molecule of happiness”. Brainfood is being injected into your body, feeding you amazing energy into your body.
Don’t wash them keeps all the goodness of the Earth!
Add three apples or four apples chopped into quarters. Take two beautiful zesty lemons and cut into quarters too, juice all the ingredients through a masticating juicer, with skin as there are enzymes here that are second to none, great full of anti oxidants. Juice all your other ingredients too. I even add the salt and olive oil and pour in some spring water.
Alternatively you can get all the ingredients and put in a blender for the added fibre, smoothie power !!
Once you have your juice, pour into a jug, add the water and stir well. Enjoy this extra creamy blood building Elixir straight away for huge benefits and see your skin begin to GLOW!
Health Benefits of Nettles
The nutritional profile of this fantastic plant is impressive…
Nettle Nutritional Profile
(calculated on a zero moisture basis per 100gm)
Aluminium: 13.8 mg
Ash (total): 8.4%
Calcium: 2900 mg
Calories: 0.60 /gm
Chromium: 0.39 mg
Cobalt: 1.32 mg
Crude Fibre: 11.0%
Dietary Fibre: 43.0%
Iron: 4.2 mg
Magnesium: 860 mg
Manganese: 0.78 mg
Niacin: 5.20 mg
Phosphorous: 447 mg
Potassium: 1750 mg
Riboflavin: 0.43 mg
Selenium: 0.22 mg
Silicon: 1.03 mg
Sodium: 4.90 mg
Thiamine: 0.54 mg
Tin: 2.7 mg
Vitamin A: 15,700 IU
Vitamin C: 83.0 mg
Zinc: 0.47 mg
Source: Nutritional Herbology Mark Pedersen
A fun tasty Wild garlic and Nettle Pesto
- 50g wild garlic leaves (shredded)
- 1 Apple grated
- 1 lemon juiced
- 20g fresh young nettle tips
- 10g Almonds or Walnuts
- 1 Avocado
- organic cold pressed olive oil (add to taste)
- Soft goats cheese (add to taste)
- Add some Black pepper and a bit of Celtic Grey Sea Salt as an Option/ and or some cayenne pepper, depending on your mood.
- Put the Wild Garlic, Nettles, Apple, Avocado and Almonds into a food processor and ‘blitz’ until roughly chopped.
- Next drizzle in the oil add cheese and lemon juice, Use your senses to find out which amounts suit your palette.
- Serve with oat cakes or crudités, however I just spoon it into my mouth. Something about it is highly addictive!
This Wild Garlic Pesto Recipe Serves: 4
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