GARDENER'S PATH® IS A REGISTERED TRADEMARK OF ASK THE EXPERTS LLC. Have a look at this post here too as I show photos of the right time to harvest. Always consult with a medical professional before changing your diet or using plant-based remedies or supplements for health and wellness. They are so abundant right now and so helpful during these busy periods that it was a real pleasure to get out gathering them. Nettle is easy to grow and can easily be started by seed indoors, or divided from existing patches. This means they help the body handle stress... all kinds of stres s, by supporting adrenal function. Posted in Adaptogens, Autumn, Herbs, Home Remedies, Nettle, Summer, Wildcrafting | 51 Comments. I will definitely be out looking for seeds, although a bit worried that I will overdo the housework because of it! ), Very interesting post, thanks for sharing the knowledge! This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any condition and is for informational purposes only. There are a couple of great articles on the internet describing how to harvest nettle seeds along with their uses which I highly recommend reading, notably those by Henriette here and here and Kiva Rose here and here. The same happens with the italian informations on the web. Off to collect the seeds tomorrow, who knows, I may end up with a somehow tidy house . This article can help. The thicker the pieces are, the smaller you should cut them. I have not come across anyone reporting hormonal disturbances yet but, as always, it’s important to see how they affect you individually and respond to that. Reblogged this on Thesecretgarden and commented: Harvest for eating before they are knee high. The roots I am discussing in this article harvesting are from Urtica dioica dioica, which is what I wildcraft and farm. Sounds wonderful. The upper layer is comprised of younger runners, which may be watery and narrow, and light yellow or whitish in color. Great article on nettles. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. As a general rule, try to only dig up a third of roots at one time. Nettle takes 80-90 days to mature when you grow it from seed. In warmer climates where the ground doesnât freeze, you may be able to harvest in the winter as well. To be on the safe side, it’s best to take the dried seeds as they have a more gently restorative action and are energising without being too stimulating. I have used the seed tincture to treat over 30 cases of degenerative kidney disease and the results have far exceeded my expectations. Thanks for showing how to harvest them properly, no other websites I found were detailed enough for my amatureness , Excellent! It has specific medicinal properties that are unique from those of the other parts of the plant. Parts Used -The mature seed pods. The seeds of Nettle are a lesser-known harvest, compared with that of the spring Nettle greens, but they are a treasure to behold. The seeds of this perennial are considered a super food with adaptogenic properties. Since I discovered nettle seed properties about 3 years ago, I’ve been harvesting whenever I can. The first time I harvested the seeds I ignored Henrietteâs advice and, like many a young herbalist who disregards the voice of experience and wisdom, I came a-cropper. Plan to harvest in late fall or early spring. Before winter sets in, the runners will produce tiny green shoots that will overwinter underground, gearing up to sprout in the spring. Clean them again, then move them once more. The root can also be powdered, brewed as a tea, or even applied topically as a cream or rinse. Many herbalists have seen significant benefits from using Nettle Seed tincture in patients with glomerulonephritis, chronic nephritis with degeneration, and to protect the kidneys from nephrotoxic medications.’ Impressive stuff. Gently tug up the runners, and use a hand tool to help you retrieve the deeper layer. Since my last post on harvesting nettle seeds Iâve had a couple of emails asking me for more specific details about how and when to harvest. Nettle grows and spreads by stolons, which form a network of yellow, lateral, creeping rhizomes. I am wondering whether there are any contraindications or precautions to be aware of? Harvesting nettle root requires finesses and caution. ( Log Out / This will help improve the nutrient content and enhance future soil growth. I add it to my breakfast smoothies and oatmeal, salad dressing etc….Love it!