Urtica dioica, commonly called Stinging Nettles, is an herbaceous perennial plant that lives in the wet soils of our Oregon Coast range. They get their name from the small hairs found on the leaves and stems that cause a stinging sensation when in contact with the skin. For centuries, the leaves of nettles have been eaten as a wild food in early spring, as well as being brewed as a tea when dried. Stinging nettles were also used for fiber as it was woven into a high quality fabric on par with flax or hemp fibers.
At WCB, we wild-forage nettle leaves in the spring once the plant matures in leafy growth but before it flowers.
Our nettle leaf dominant brews, The Seeker and The Protector, produce an earthy, grassy umami-like infusion that is nourishing in the mouth and body.
More information regarding the medicinal benefits of stinging nettles.
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