SERVING SIZE: 1/8 lbs
SPECIES: Urtica dioca
How Can This Ayurvedic Food Make You Feel Great?
Nettles are rich in fiber and have even been used to make durable clothing! While you may shy away from the idea of using a stinging plant, in many traditional societies it was customary to sting oneself with the nettle plant as a way of relieving the pain and inflammation from conditions such as arthritis. The compounds found in the nettle sting serve to improve circulation and lymph flow in the joints, but you need not sting yourself to enjoy the benefits! Cooking the nettles in a soup provides many of the wonderful qualities of the nettle plant to your body in a deliciously edible way.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
Are Stinging Nettles Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Here are the herbal actions of Stinging Nettles:
Bone & Joint:
BONE-TONICAn herb that strengthens the bones and joints.
APPETITE-SUPPRESSANTSuppresses hunger without causing weight gain
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Energy Vitality Strength:
BUILDS-STAMINAPromotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
SATISFIES-STOMACHProvides a sense of gratification and fullness in the stomach.
NUTRITIVEAn herb that is strengthening and nourishing.
TONICA tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
Heart & Circulation:
BLOOD-TONICAn herb that produces more blood cells in the body or otherwise strengthens blood. Helpful for anemia and other types of deficiency.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
KIDNEY-TONICAn herb that strengthens the kidneys.
URINARY-TONICAn herb that tonifies and strengthens the urinary system. These can be helpful for urinary incontinence or improving function after a urinary tract infection. They can also strengthen the bladder to ward off a urinary tract infection.
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STRENGTHENS-RESOLVEIncreases determination and courage by reducing stress and building strength.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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I know I'm not supposed to love food, however there is a love affair brewing with all the wonderful soups I'm eating and offering my students ,clients and family. Not until now have I found a good use for my Dried nettles and my overly popular VATA KAPHA population. Being pitta kapha sometimes I simply want to sit on my Vata folks (treat em like a rose) but John the nettles in the soup changed my momma, instantly! She has always thought yoga, massage and Ayurveda was cultish activity and this soup can I tell you, sparked a conversation, a healing, a love for life. Blessings to you John Immel. I owe you boss, cheers 10 stars :)
I make herbal infusions as Susun Weed teaches: one ounce by weight of dried herb in a quart jar, filled with boiling water and steeped 8-12 hours. Doing this with nettles, i've found that such a very strong nettle tea is a great base for a miso or mushroom soup. It is also yummy by itself with tamari or salt or seaweed and kelp added.
Could you give me an idea of how much nettle can be used each day, or per meal?
Yes Belinda, you can use nettles liberally like spinach, kale or other table greens.
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Reproductive HealthAbortion (Past, Recent or Considering), Enlarged Prostate (BPH), Painful menstruation & menstrual cramps
Blood and CirculationAnemia, Autoimmune Disorders, Blood light in color, Sensitive to Alcohol, Thalassemia Minor
DietAnorexia, past or current, Bulimia, past or current, Sweet cravings
Kidney Bladder UrinaryClear urine, Interstitial Cystitis
SkinCold aggravates my skin, Pale Skin
Mind Stress SleepFatigue / tired, Weakness / Debility
BonesHip pain, Thin, brittle nails, Weak muscles
Weight LossStomach fat, Sunken, ribs showing
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.