Kids Drinking Nettles for Optimal Nutrition: SisTot Vegans

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Kira Satya (18 months old) with a mouthful of nettles and stevia chilled ice tea. (Photo credit: Dr. Oliver Zahn)

I have a quick tip to share. Nettles is uber healthy. It helps with allergies, eczema, and rich in minerals and can prevent anemia. It’s my essential herb for pregnancy and lactation period as well.

I got my toddler to drink it regularly by making an infusion of nettles and a teeny bit of stevia leaf (to sweeten without sugar) and then serving it chilled. It seemed to help with her eczema. It helped with mine, about 8 years ago, along with my sinus allergies. I no longer have eczema and rarely have sinus allergies. Read more about the benefits here, via Susun Weed.

Recipe 

  • 1 gallon pot should be filled with 80% water. Bring to boil.
  • Put in 1 cup of dried nettles leaf (I only trust and use Mountain Rose Herbs’ Stinging Nettle leaves).
  • Turn onto low simmer for 3 minutes while stirring.
  • Turn off oven range and add 2 tsp (level) of stevia leaf (Don’t add more, it’s REALLY sweet).
  • Cover and set aside for over night.
  • Strain in the morning, pour into gallon glass jar, and then place into the fridge.
  • Once chilled, you can serve it.
  • The nettles should be consumed with 7 days of making, as it tends to ‘go bad’ after about a week, despite being in the fridge.

(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)
(Credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen 2016)

About Dr. A. Breeze Harper
Dr. Harper has been invited to deliver many keynote addresses and lectures at universities and conferences throughout North America. In 2015, her lecture circuit focused on the analysis of food and whiteness in her book Scars and on “Gs Up Hoes Down:” Black Masculinity, Veganism, and Ethical Consumption (The Remix) which explored how key Black vegan men us hip-hop methods to create “race-conscious” and decolonizing approaches to vegan philosophies.Dr. Harper’s most recently published book, Scars: A Black Lesbian Experience in Rural White New England (Sense Publishers 2014)interrogates how systems of oppression and power impact the life of the only Black teenager living in an all white and working class rural New England town. Her current lecture circuit focus on excerpts from her latest book in progress, Recipes for Racial Tension Headaches: A Critical Race Feminist’s Journey Through ‘Post-Racial’ Ethical FoodscapeIn tandem with this book project, she is well-known for her talks and workshops about “Uprooting White Fragility in the Ethical Foodscape” and “Intersectional Anti-Racism Activism.”


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2 thoughts on “Kids Drinking Nettles for Optimal Nutrition: SisTot Vegans

  1. I love nettles tea! I make a special blend with alfalfa and other herbs and share it with my daughter.

  2. Great idea! I have sinus issues that nettle tea helps with, but I never thought to make iced tea. Headed to Mt Rose herbs to buy some now. I love their oil blends but haven’t ordered herbs from them before.

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