Since moving to the homestead and delving into the local flora, I found out quite accidentally at first that we have bushels of Urtica dioica aka stinging nettle lurking around the property, ouch!
Put the rashes aside and learn how to harvest it in spring (wearing gloves and wielding a pair of scissors) and it makes for one tasty tea. Rich in iron, potassium, vitamins A and C as well as having trace minerals it is an all around energy booster.
Additionally it can be a great substitute for spinach in any recipe – in quiche, pesto, even nettle soup!
Rubus idaeus raspberry leaf makes one of the best tasting teas – in my not so humble opinion. We drink it year round and it is particularly enjoyable in hot summer months served chilled from the well (refrigerator works too!).
“Of special note are the rich concentration of vitamin C, the presence of vitamin E and the easily assimilated calcium and iron. Raspberry leaves also contain vitamins A and B complex and many minerals, including phosphorous and potassium.” – Susun Weed, herbalist
It definitely helped me throughout my pregnancy and labor was quite smooth, thanks to the toning properties of the uterus.
Lastly there is Trifolium pratense red clover. A wonderful little gem for hormonal imbalances since it contains isoflavones, plant based chemicals that produce estrogen like effects in the body.
and as an infusion
The fresh leaves can be added to salads and breads. Why not try it chopped up as a healthy addition to your Eggs Benedict, in season of course!