Nettles and rose leaves make a tasty tea that helps purge built-up toxins.
Hoppy New Year! Uh, happy; happy new year.
The noisemakers have been put away, floors are swept and your headache is gone, right? But what about the lingering effects of excess (or as in my case, old age)? How to rid oneself of those? Here’s my favorite way to purge toxins and boost the function of internal organs. It’s easy to do, doesn’t ask you to give up anything and always leaves us two old farts feeling spry.
Each January and February morning I prepare a quart of rose leaf and nettle grind infusion; each evening we drink a pint to our health. Truly.
Rose and Nettles Infusion
1 quart very hot, but not boiling water
2 heaping tablespoons dried nettles grind
4-6 dried rose leaves
Rip the rose leaves into small parts; put nettles and rose leaves in a sturdy quart jar; pour in hot water; tighten jar lid (BPA free is wise); wrap in a towel and set in a warm place. While we leave ours be for 24 hours, this infusion is ready to strain and enjoy in 4-6 hours. Refrigerate unused portion. Keeps for 36 hours. Sweeten if desired.
We grow nettles year-round in our greenhouse, so have a steady supply. If you do not have nettles on hand, send me a note via the contact page and I’ll reserve our next harvest for you. (That should occur before Valentine’s Day). Nettles are easy to identify in the wild, so you could wait until spring and head out to forage your own. The stalks are as beneficial as the leaves, but take no more than 1/4 of a stand. Cut the stalk about 6 inches from the ground.
I generally use scissors to make nettles grind, however one can turn dried whole nettle stalks, leaves intact, into loose tea grind in a food processor after chopping them into 2 or 3 inch lengths. Nettles are useful as a detox agent, as they are a diuretic thus improve liver and kidney function. They are used as an anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and analgesic with antihistamine and asthma relieving properties.
Rose leaves, too, grow in our organic garden, but of course they can be easily foraged in northern Colorado forests. I have a good supply of organic dried rose leaves on hand, so if you are interested, shoot me a message via the contact page and we’ll get some to you.) If you plan to forage, wait until summer when the leaves are deep green, then be mindful not to over forage (1/4 of any given stand is my rule of thumb) and consider growing conditions: is the stand close to a roadway? If so, it is better to forage elsewhere, as plants close to roadways tend to either be covered in oil residue or have absorbed exhaust toxins.
Leaves of the rose offer many benefits, not to mention a black tea-like flavor and body to infusion, and are well worth harvesting and drying. Rose leaves are said to increase calm and reduce body heat, which makes them a valuable remedy for the menopausal as well as someone with a high fever. In addition, rose leaves are reported to help purge toxins which makes them useful as an anti-inflammatory and immune system booster.
Drinking 2 cups of this tea each day for 45-60 days should resolve those lingering detox needs. Good health to you!