In honor of Earth Day and our health, here's a fun smoothie recipe.
The stinging nettle is used for both women's and men's reproductive health, to help with energy levels, detoxifying of organs, helps to relieve allergy symptoms, strengthens bones, hair, teeth and nails too. It's very high in vital vitamins and minerals and phytonutrients that are most likely missing from many of our diets.
If you don't have access to fresh nettle, you can certainly substitute dried nettle leave, but it will be a bit chewier. You could try soaking the dried leaves a bit first. This will help some.
If using fresh nettle, you'll need to blanch the leaves first. Bring a pot of water to a boil, drop the leaves in, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Strain.
Save this liquid for tea or adding to soups and sauces.