The Complete Guide to Adaptogens (Simon and Schuster, 2018) by Agatha Noveille is a guide to learning about the many different adaptogenic herbs that improve your body’s reaction to emotional and physical stress. Reader’s can gain access to safe, all-natural and long-term use recipes for improving sleep, mood, mental focus, general wellness and beauty.
Nettle is a fabulous energy and stamina adaptogen. It’s also prolific, easy to grow almost everywhere, and can be used as a green vegetable. Not bad for a hardy little plant that can’t quite decide whether to be feral or tame.
Although nettle is an herb that many of us include in our gardens, it will also self-sow freely in semi-tame places such as fields and pastures. Nettle’s ambivalence is evident in the trait that gives it its common name, stinging nettle. This plant is quick to remind us with the sharp sting of its feral ways that it wants to be respected for all that it offers. The sting quickly disappears once the herb is cooked or wilted, but nettle should be harvested with long sleeves and gloves, unless you enjoy feeling like you brushed up against an angry horde of ants. I won’t judge.
Nettle seeds make for an easy ingredient in seasoning blends. They have a mild taste that is easily disguised as part of the other spices, and they are small enough that you can add them whole. I think they are the perfect condiment for vim and vigor. This recipe is a great all-purpose seasoning blend. If you have some powdered celery seed, feel free to add that too!
Yields 1-1/2 CUPS
- 1/2 cup nettle seeds
- 1/4 cup fine sea salt
- 1 tablespoon powdered sage
- 1 tablespoon powdered thyme
- 1 tablespoon powdered parsley
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- Nettle seeds are very fine and small, so there’s no need to powder them. Mix all the ingredients together in a small bowl.
- Load some of your new seasoning salt into a salt shaker with a few grains of white rice to absorb moisture. The rice is especially important if you live in a humid part of the country like I do. Otherwise your seasoning blend might turn into a solid block inside your shaker. You can also put your spice blend into a cute salt pig that allows you to give the blend a good poke at every meal with the salt spoon.
- Store the rest of your blend in an airtight container in the pantry.
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Excerpted from The Complete Guide to Adaptogens From Ashwaganda to Rhodiola, Medicinal Herbs That Transform and Heal by Agatha Noveille Copyright © 2018 Adams Media, a division of Simon and Schuster, also available at Simon and Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved. Photographs by Harper Point Photography.