Nettles as tonics. Take them early and often.

Nettles as tonics. Take them early and often.

Spring has sprung on the west side. Or maybe winter never came. See here the budding of a favorite herbal regular, stinging nettle.

Nettle is known primarily as a nutritive tonic with an affinity for the kidneys. He also works on the allergy cascade of events, stabilizing mast cells to reduce histamine release and subsequent response.

On this particular forest hike we were discussing ciders (herbal vinegars). While I love our Spring nettle cider and Fall fire cider, I don't think of them as strong medicinals. In fact, I don't really think of ciders in general as strong medicinals. Not that they can't be. It's similar to my spiel about syrups being an awesome way to experiment with herbalism, but aren't medicine.

Regardless, they are still an amazing way to get nutritive and tonic support on the regular. Especially because they are delicious! So yes! Make ciders!! And herbal syrups!! But use them on your salads, stir fry, pancakes and waffles. Don't take them by the teaspoon and expect drastic medical results.