4.02.2018

NETTLE TEA // elspeth


I'm reading a book my sister recommended, a book that I suppose stores or libraries would file under "self-help," though I'd call it part memoir, part advice, and part history. It's called "Drop the Ball," and it's by a powerhouse of a woman named Tiffany Dufu. I can't say I agree with everything in it—it is tailored to a kind of working woman that in many ways I don't really aspire to be—but still, it resonates. I think that for modern women, and especially working mothers, it's a valuable read. 

It continues the discussion on how women can navigate dual roles as caregivers and breadwinners—the myriad ways we as a society elevate competitive work and devalue caregiving roles—and  how and why we promote the myth that anyone can have or do "it all." (More good writing on that here, here, and especially relevant to the most recent branch of that conversation here.) There is one part, in particular, though, that I really like, and that is about cultivating happiness habits. 

It sounds a little silly when you type it out like that, and it is a little silly that we grown ups have to remember to regularly practice and value activities that bring us joy. It ought to be natural—and for kids, I think, it is—but as we grow up we are slowly taught to squelch and put-off and achieve and go forward. And that is important, of course, but so are the small and sometimes strange things that constitute happiness habits. 



One of the things that gives me joy is allowing myself time to be curious. I am curious about all sorts of random things: can I learn how to fix the zipper on our couch? How would I do it? Would it be hard? What it's like to grow cabbage? Does the Herring River flow in both directions where it connects to the kettle ponds, depending on the tide, or is it always pushed back at a certain point from overflow from springs? What makes the peepers start? Does it mess up your hips to ride side saddle? The questions never end, really. 

I suppose this is why I work as a journalist: some of the time, at least, the process of finding answers to these questions is paid. But it's just as important, I think, to sometimes indulge them simply for the happiness of the habit, for the joy that is cultivating curiosity. 

And so: have you ever made a cup of nettle tea? I learned about stinging nettles as a food source a few years ago, first from my friend Ish and later from a woman named Fiamma. The leaves are packed with vitamins and minerals—in particular magnesium and calcium—and this time of year, they're just what we need. They're up—we saw some yesterday on an Easter walk along the Herring River to see if the fish were running (we didn't spot any)—and I picked a few and put them on a cutting board to dry out, to use for tea. I used to buy nettle tea when I was breastfeeding—it's said to increase milk production—and I got to like the woodsy, licorish-laced flavor. It's nice with mint or lemon leaves and a little bit of honey. It turns out the longer you steep the leaves the more nutritious the tea,  so I started a pot this morning and let it sit til lunch. 



By the time I went to drink it there was an inch of snow on the ground to follow the weekend's sun and fifty degrees—a wet, white invasion I find simultaneously lovely and appalling. On Thursday I put spinach in the ground and lettuce and radishes and sugar snap peas. Will they make it? Probably. It's nice to wonder, though, and to revel in the curiosities.

NETTLE TEA

You don't need a recipe for this, but you may need a guide to looking for nettles. They come up around the same time as the crocuses. Here are pictures I took of the leaves. They tend to grow in disturbed areas—think about where you've seen garlic mustard or blackberries or simply look along the side of the road for something with spiky leaves that's deep green. I've found them close to water sources but not in them—maybe 10 or 20 feet away. Think roads near rivers, streams, and fresh water swampy areas. And if you don't see any right away, don't give up. Once you find them you'll start seeing them everywhere—they are a true weed.

As for the tea, pick a bunch of leaves and leave them out on a cutting board overnight to dry. Put them in a jar and when you want to make tea grab a handful, put them in a few cups of water, bring to a boil, and turn off the heat. Steep for 2-10 hours (overnight would be fine)—I like to add either fresh mint leaves or dried leaves from our Meyer lemon tree. Serve piping hot, with a spoonful of honey.

P.S. AHH! I almost forgot to add: they're called stinging nettles because they sting!! Use gloves when you pick or your hands will get red and sore. The stinging feature goes away when the leaves are dried out or boiled, so after that you don't need to worry.

38 comments :

Liz said...

I love this post, Elspeth! Your work as a journalist is so important. Thank you for your lovely writing, your keen intellect, and your wonderful curiosity. You're making the world a better place for all of us. Please keep it up!

satveer singh said...

Very useful information. Good content. From Packers and movers in Delhi

preethi Shetty said...

Looking so informative, thanks for sharing please do keep updating...
Best Software Online Training Institute | Data Science Training

Hank Steve said...


Avriq
Avriq
Avriq USA
CCTV Camera
PC Optimization
Pest control services
CP Plus
Termite control services

calfre services said...

thank you for sharing good content and also tips cloud computing training

vinod kumar said...

Thanks for the valuable information. click below For tending IT courses.
SAS BI ONLINE TRAINING
ORACLE WEBCENTER ONLINE TRAINING
PTC WINDCHILL ONLINE TRAINING
DELL BOOMI ONLINE TRAINING
ORACLE ADF ONLINE TRAINING
ANAPLAN ONLINE TRAINING
OPENSHIFT ONLINE TRAINING

kiran mai said...

Thanks For This Blog Very Useful And More informative.

Apttus Online Training

sachin kumar said...


India's only Digital News Channel with True Voice of India.
Finding Championsofchange2018 rahul shivkant sachin kumar
the universal post teams
the universal post youtube the universal post loksabha election 2018
sachin kumar india news today
top trending news top viral news
india news live abp news
sachin kumar

bigclasses 04 said...

Thank you its a nice blog.
Data Science Online Training in Hyderabad

aveesha said...

Thanks for sharing useful information…Informatica Data Quality Training

Hari Krishna said...

Nice blog....

Thank you sharing your experience

Digital marketing course with internship

Sathya said...

Nice blog

Software Training institute in hyderabad

Madduri Jagadeesh said...

best article with nice information thank you
DevOps Training in Hyderabad
Salesforce Training in Hyderabad
SAP ABAP Online Training
SEO Training in Hyderabad

Bannu Babu said...

Nice Article ..Thanks for providing information that was worth reading & sharing
ielts coaching in Hyderabad
Machine Learning Course in Hyderabad
Power bi training Hyderabad
Python training in Hyderabad

Digital Floats said...

Digital Marketing Course in Hyderabad

Digital Marketing Training in Hyderabad

AWS Training in Hyderabad

Workday Training in Hyderabad

digital abhishek said...


Great article thank you.
Big Data Hadoop Training in Hyderabad
Data Science Course in Hyderabad
AngularJS Training in Hyderabad
Advanced Digital Marketing Training Institute in Hyderabad




mani said...

awesome article thanks for sharing


devops online training




python online traning




power bi online traning



machine learning online course

Digital shree said...

The best Article that I have never seen before with useful content and very informative.Thanks for sharing info.

Social Media Marketing Training in Hyderabad

Adwords Training in Hyderabad

Google Analytics Training in Hyderabad

Google AdSense Training in Hyderabad

Training said...

Very Informative, Thanks for Sharing.

Digital Marketing Courses in Hyderabad

SEO Training in Hyderabad Ameerpet

SAP ABAP Training Institute in Hyderabad

Salesforce CRM Training in Hyderabad

Shaikfarha said...

Very interesting, good job and thanks for sharing information .Keep on updates.

Affiliate Marketing Training in Hyderabad

Online Reputation Management Training in Hyderabad

Email Marketing Course in Hyderabad

E-Commerce Marketing Training in Hyderabad

Teresa Hamilton said...

Everything looks great!
imgrum

Packers Movers Delhi said...

Get Shifting/Relocation Quotation from ###Packers and Movers Delhi. Packers and Movers Delhi 100% Affordable and Reliable ***Household Shifting Services. Compare Transportation Charges and Save Time, Verified and Trusted Packers and Movers in Delhi, Cheap and Safe Local, Domestic House Shifting @
Packers and Movers Delhi

Packers and Movers Pune said...

Packers and Movers Pune Provide High Quality ***Household Shifting, Home/Office Relocation, Insurance, Packing, Loading, ###Car Transportation Service Pune and High experiences, Top Rated, Safe and Reliable, Best and Secure Packers and Movers Pune Team List. Get ✔✔✔ Affordable Rate Charts and Compare Quotation and Save Money and Time .
Packers And Movers Pune

Packers Movers Hyderabad said...

Packers and Movers Hyderabad Give Certified and Verified Service Providers, Cheap and Best ###Office Relocation Charges, ***Home Shifting, ???Goods Insurance worth Rs. 10,000, Assurance for Local and Domestic House Shifting. Safe and Reliable Household Shifting Services in Hyderabad with Reasonable Packers and Movers Price Quotation @
Packers And Movers Hyderabad

shivani said...

Astonishing web diary I visit this blog it's incredibly magnificent. Strangely, in this blog content made doubtlessly and sensible. The substance of information is instructive.
Oracle Fusion Financials Online Training
Oracle Fusion HCM Online Training
Oracle Fusion SCM Online Training

IELTS Coaching in Dwarka said...

I feel happy about and learning more about this topic. keep sharing your information regularly for my future reference. This content creates new hope and inspiration within me. Thanks for sharing an article like this. the information which you have provided is better than another blog.
Best IELTS Coaching in Dwarka sector 12

shivani said...

An astounding web diary I visit this blog, it's inconceivably magnificent. Strangely, in this current blog's substance made point of fact and sensible. The substance of information is instructive.
Oracle Fusion Financials Online Training
Oracle Fusion HCM Online Training
Oracle Fusion SCM Online Training
oracle Fusion Technical online training

Eiliza45 said...

I love this post.

โปรโมชั่นGclub ของทางทีมงานตอนนี้แจกฟรีโบนัส 50%
เพียงแค่คุณสมัคร Gclub กับทางทีมงานของเราเพียงเท่านั้น
ร่วมมาเป็นส่วนหนึ่งกับเว็บไซต์คาสิโนออนไลน์ของเราได้เลยค่ะ
สมัครสมาชิกที่นี่ >>> Gclub online

lggy1688 said...

I love this post.

เว็บไซต์คาสิโนออนไลน์ที่ได้คุณภาพอับดับ 1 ของประเทศ
เป็นเว็บไซต์การพนันออนไลน์ที่มีคนมา สมัคร Gclub Royal1688
และยังมีเกมส์สล็อตออนไลน์ 1688 slot อีกมากมายให้คุณได้ลอง
สมัครสมาชิกที่นี่ >>> Gclub Royal1688

Packers And Movers Bangalore said...

Packers and Movers Bangalore as a Services providing company can make all the difference to your ###Home Relocation experience. Bangalore based Company which offers versatile solutions, Right team that easily reduce the stress associated with a ✔✔✔Household Shifting, ***Vehicle Transportation. we help things run smoothly and reduce breakages and offer you seamless, Affordable, Reliable Shifting Services, Compare Shifting Charges. Packers And Movers Bangalore

Jagadeesh said...

Learn Digital Academy offers, Courses in Digital Marketing in Bangalore live practical training, Assignments, and Internships.

jumboslot.com said...

Thanks. Useful information and very inspiring.
สล็อต สล็อตออนไลน์ เกมส์สล็อต เกมสล็อต slotxo

komalpanday said...

Call 9711199012 For The Best Escort Service In Delhi


Independent escorts in delhi ###
mahipalpur escorts service ###
karolbagh call girls ###
noida call girls ###
Independent raipur escorts ###

Metin NARMANLI said...

Siz de bu siteyi ziyaret etmek isteyebilirsiniz!
yagın dolabı

Metin NARMANLI said...

You may also want to visit this site!
erotic massage salon

Metin NARMANLI said...

Cevabımı burada buldum .!
yagın tüpü dolumu

Metin NARMANLI said...

Çocuklar sadece paylaşıyor, bunu ilginç buldum!
yagın söndürme tüpü

Unknown said...






The best Article that I have never seen before with useful content and very informative.Thanks for sharing info.

Social Media Marketing Training in Hyderabad

Adwords Training in Hyderabad

Google Analytics Training in Hyderabad

Google AdSense Training in Hyderabad

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
All text, photographs, and other original material copyright 2008-2010 by Elspeth Hay unless otherwise noted.