Q: Hi my nettles plants were picked for fresh greens all spring but now they are about 8ft. tall and going to seed ..can the greens still be picked to dry and are the seed of any benefit ? I was confused by the CAUTION written in the newsletter regarding the use of nettle while in flower Thanks for any info.
A: Hello, yes we are often warned against taking Nettles internally once it has gone to flower because some have adverse allergic like reactions.
There are uses for nettle seeds however. Susun has a whole section on Nettle in her book Healing Wise. The seeds can be used in cooked foods, such as muffns or porridge. In the book, Susun writes:
Nettle seed nourishs the endocrine glands, antidotes poisons internally and externally, and provides a curative, unique wine. Hair and skin are strongly influenced by nettle seeds.
A teaspoon of seeds can be eaten daily, or an infusion of them can be made in water as a skin or hair rinse. As well, they can be ground and mixed with honey to apply to the skin.
I hope some of these ideas help. I hear you enjoy your nettle, so it would be nice to find ways to continue to utilize her!