The marketing term “superfood” is overblown and overused these days, but stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) may actually be worthy of the title.
Besides being delicious, they boast an impressive nutrition profile, full of vitamins and antioxidants, as well as an exceptionally high mineral content. You’re probably familiar with the benefits of nettle leaves, but did you know that the seeds are actually the most nutritious part of nettle?
As nettle season winds down, nettle seeds can be found in a nettle patch near you. Keep reading to learn how to make a nutritious and versatile herbal salt blend featuring nettle seeds a few other herbs from our herbal toolbox! ??
- 1/2 c nettle seeds or leaf (fresh or dried)
- 1/4 c sesame seeds
- 1 T ground sage
- 2-1/2 T salt (sea or pink himalayan)
- 2 T dried ground seaweed or flakes (dulse, kelp etc.)
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- Heat a skillet or frying pan until hot; add seeds, then stir as they toast in the pan (sesame seeds should turn a golden brown)
- Add the salt, and toast as well, keep stirring for a couple of minutes
- Remove, add nettle, sage, garlic and seaweed; mix well
- Allow to cool before storing
To learn more about wildcrafting, check out our Fundamentals of Holistic Herbalism Program!