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Wild harvesting stinging nettles

by on May.14, 2014, under Nature, Slideshow blog

I just had this most amazing nature experience and so thought I would write about it.  I have been up by the creek harvesting ramps for the past few weeks and  last week realized that I would have to start wearing long pants and shoes after getting stung by nettles and having to accept that my ramp season was coming to an end… sniff… cause that was so much fun for me – I could spend hours out there in the middle of nowhere with nobody but my dogs and it was utter bliss.

Then I started looking into the benefits of harvesting and eating stinging nettles… and got a good chuckle out of it cause we buy both chlorella and spirulina to get good greens… and nutritionally nettles kinda beat them both – especially when you can get local ones…

My first nettle harvesting expedition I wore long pants, boots and gloves… using scissors… being very careful… only picking the ones that were small, no higher than up to my knees… but upon getting stung a couple of times I decided that instead of seeing it as a bad thing I would give a little “thank you” every time instead cause those stings do have the ability strengthen your immune system.  The second time I went out I for some reason felt like singing and came up with these little silly songs – thanking the nettles for sharing themselves with me…

Today I went out harvesting some for someone else and sang all the way – it was as if nature asked me to use my voice and the songs I came up with got sillier and sillier – mainly asking for the ones who wanted to help heal people to let me know and expressing gratitude for the abundance all around me…

Then I got a little idea – I decided to let them sting me a couple of times so I took off my gloves and rubbed my arm into a whole bunch… no sting…  I tried again and there was no sting…  I took my gloves off and started picking them without wearing any and there was no stinging…  I was amazed beyond belief!!!

I gathered a whole paper bags full and decided to go home and tell hubby cause this was just blowing me away…  I came home and he (who sees auras) said “My God – what are those flames coming off your hands – they look like they are on fire… like flames just radiating…” and I laughed… telling him that nettles somehow suddenly had decided not to bother me.  He had a hard time believing it so he said “maybe they are something other than nettles?” so I asked him to check them out – rubbing a branch on his arm… and with an instant “ouch” he said that they were definitely the right thing… waiting for the welts to develop…  I then took a few leaves and stuffed them into my mouth… chewing on them and had no problem at all – except that hubby did not feel like kissing me for quite a while after that 😉

I now have a theory that if you go with your gut and do something that would not be ordinary (like me singing…) and just go with the feeling and instead of having a “dammit” attitude with nature she will work with you… that by expressing gratitude for all the goodness shared you get something special in return… which I really feel I did…

Here is a picture of the bag I came home with:

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and they are now in the dehydrator at a low temperature for the night:

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I asked for special healing for those who will get the tincture made from this…

Lena

 

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