Many people have had nettle leaf tea, made with spring nettle tops; it’s a wonderful strengthening tonic and great for reducing symptoms of hayfever. Not many people however will have had nettle seed tea – it’s my favourite part of the nettle plant and will gently warm and increase resilience to stresses of all kinds. Included in animal feed it will give a glossy coat and increased vigour and it also protects failing kidneys.
The seeds are best picked when they’re green and plentiful as in the picture and the best way to do it is to run a gloved hand along the stem to pull all the foliage off, spread out in the sun to dry and then remove the leaves (which are by this time of year too old to consume). Pick enough and they’ll last all year. Add some to your usual herbal tea or have them by themselves. Add a handful to a pot of boiling water, leave for 10 minutes, strain and drink – a daily health tonic to give you a glossy coat and a spring in your step!