We are coming to the end of the year 2021. We have grown so many nettles, cooked many dishes out of it, drank countless cups of nettle tea and nettle beer, used nettle for dying, we fertilized our plants with it, we got to know its historical uses, like magic spells, clothes, and furthermore its healing powers.
If everyone would have known nettle’s healing properties, it would be the most produced crop worldwide like cane sugar, corn, wheat, apples and potatoes. There would be too many healthy people on this planet. Imagine a world where there is no allergy, no high blood pressure, no anemia, no hormone imbalances, no dandruff, no baldness, no vitamin deficiency, no digestion problems, no joint pain and no cancer. It’s hard to believe that a common weed can solve all these problems, isn’t it? But the common stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is capable of all these things.
Now, let’s prepare the year’s last nettle beverage: Nettle Mulled White Wine.
- A bottle of white wine (750 ml)
- 2 cups of water
- 3 tablespoons of dried nettle leaf
- ½ cup of sugar
- A small piece of ginger (the size depends on how much you like the taste), chopped
- 1 organic lemon, sliced
- 1 organic orange, sliced
- 6-8 cloves
- 3-4 cinnamon sticks
- 3-4 star anise
Combine wine and water, bring them to boil. Add the nettle, ginger and sugar. Let them simmer when you add lemon and orange. Cook for about 15 minutes, then give it the spices. Remove from heat. Strain it into mugs and enjoy this healing warm drink!