With the coming of spring and warmer weather, I have been wanting to get out in the garden more. The warm weather and the sun brings with it energy and optimism, making me feel much better in general. You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting as much lately, and, to be honest, it was mainly because I wasn’t feeling great during the first couple of weeks of my change in diet when I began the candida cleanse.
At first, I felt a little bit sick, which is said to be normal because when candida “dies off” it releases toxins that make you feel sick. Just when I started to feel better, though, I started to get tired…no, not just tired; exhausted. I felt like I wasn’t fully functional, and didn’t want to do any of the things I normally want to do. Even sitting at the computer to write a post felt like a huge chore! Finally, 3 weeks after changing my diet, I am beginning to feel a lot better. Hopefully it is because I am over the die off symptoms and on the road to recovery, and not just because I’m enjoying the warmer, sunny weather. In any case, I’ll take it!
Not only have I been outside more, but I have also been crafting and cooking up new things to show you.
Let me start out with showing you one of the things that I enjoy doing in the spring: foraging in the garden for useful “weeds” and other plants. This time I’ll cover foraging for teas.
Here are some of my favorite wild plants that can be used in herbal infusions:
This is probably my least favorite “weed” when I’m weeding in the garden because when you touch it without gloves, it “stings” you; but that doesn’t keep it from now being one of my favorite plants for herbal infusions.
I had read years ago about how you can cook nettles and eat them like spinach; so I decided to try it.
When cooking them, they no longer sting, but I still didn’t love eating cooked nettles.
It wasn’t until seeing a fellow blogger, Sarah from Real Food Outlaws, recommend it in a postpartum tea, that the light bulb went on. I could forage for my own and infuse it into an herbal tea!
I have since tried them that way, and have found a new appreciation for them.
I choose the younger plants, pulling off some of the top leaves with gloved hands. I then boil them in water, and strain the leaves out of my tea. You can also dry them, after harvesting and rinsing them, to be able to save them longer.
Nettle is very nutritive, but is also said to help with everything from allergies and asthma, to hypertension and menstrual cramps.
Read more about its benefits here.