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I have gathered my nettle and am washing it now.
I'll use it for infusions so can I use the stem and leaf or is the stem not used?
Susun would advise that you refrain from washing your nettle. Moisture causes rot. Also washing the plant removes all beneficial bacteria.
To make nourishing herbal infusion first you need dry plant matter. Yes, cut up leaf and stems of the stinging nettle plant.
Wet plant will not make a nutritious infusion, because there will be no osmosis (entry of the boiled water into the cell wall of the plant and removal of the minerals from the plant into the water) and thus the infusion you make will be less mineral-rich.
At this point, not sure what to advise….it will be difficult to dry a washed plant…
Make a nettle vinegar? For use in salad dressings or hair wash?
With love, Justine
Ps. here is a photo of my husband hanging the nettle to dry a few weeks ago
and here is a photo of the dry nettle ready to be put into brown paper bags for storage we will cut the stalks into small pieces before making infusions
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