The Easter holiday is over and I am sure I am not alone when I say that I had a little too much food in the last couple of days!? To me, this is the perfect time of the year for a little Spring detox. I like to Spring clean my body now that the holidays are over and Summer is just around the corner. Stining nettles help me detox!
So even though I only had my homemade chocolate and only whole plant based food in the last couple of days, I still ate more fat and less fresh veggies and fruit compared to what I usual eat. I like to give my body the chance to detox a little after days like this. My favorite way to detox is to have a whooole lot of greens. Greens are great to clean your blood and to wash out heavy metals (mostly found in fish but also in other animal products). Of all the greens available, nettles are probably the king when it comes to detoxify your body.
Nettles can be found like everywhere at this time of the year, they are super cheap to get (just go for a walk in the nature) and yet, they are one of the most nutrient dense plants on earth! Nettles are the most concentrated plant source of iron, they have a ton of chlorophyll, and are also rich in protein, selenium, magnesium, potassium, calcium, and vitamins A, C D, K, and most B vitamins.
The wide range of nutrients found in stinging nettle makes it an ideal detoxifier for the body. As a diuretic substance, it can also ensure that those toxins being neutralized in the body are then eliminated quickly. Nettles also stimulate the lymphatic system and thereby help the body to get rid of of excess toxins in the kidneys as well.
So what to do with nettles?
There are a million ways on how to use nettles. You can cook them and eat them like spinach, you can dry them and use the dried nettles as an herb, you can make a pesto from it… just google “nettles recipe” and you will find like a million.
How do I use nettles?
I usually love to get a whole bunch of nettles in Spring, when they are fresh and richest in nutrients. I then juice all my nettles and freeze the juice in small portions (like ice cube size). This way I have nettle shots ready for months. I use the shots to blend into my smoothies or my juices in the morning. An ice cube of nettle juice will not ruine the taste of your smoothie or juice, however, it will add a ton of nutrients and help your body detox.
Other great ways to include nettles in your diet:
In case you find it difficult to get hands on fresh nettles, you can always choose ready-to-use products. Nettle tea is one option. It is easy to find in organic shops and as esy to prepare as any tea.
You can also find spices made with nettles. Sonnentor, between others, has a special detox spice including nettles (and dandelion which is also a nutrient packed “weed” that can help you detoxify!)
Getting a little Spring cleaning from the outside too?
Why not? While the nettles will do all the work for you inside your body, you can also detox a little from the outside!
Cosmoetica has a really wonderful antioxidant cream that will give your skin a feeling of wellness and clean it from free radicals and other toxics. The cream MiBuena helps neutralize and eliminate the substances that are aggressive for the skin. I really like using this cream for a quality and intense treatment of my face’s skin before going to bed.
You will also be able to find a whole lot of different detox masks. One that I personally really like is the Peel Off Detox Mask from the French brand Secret de Fees. The mask is made from white and green tea and it is highly antioxidant and regenerative.
However, also homemade masks will do great in detoxifying your skin. I enjoy different clays a lot when it comes to detoxify my skin. I have been sharing some recipes for my favorite DIY face masks in a post back in October last year.
How do you like to Spring clean your body? I would love to know!
Have you included nettles in your diet yet? Do you have some favorite recipes to share? Let me know 🙂