Nettle Seeds as Adrenal Adaptogen: An Update
For my last two moon cycles, I’ve been daily indulging in a pinch or three of dried Nettle seeds. And I’m a bit incredulous of the results. Today is a good example of how it’s effected me. I woke up a 5:30 am yesterday to hike out of the canyon, did eight+ hours of driving, managed to get lost in Albuquerque, had some serious bill paying stress, did massive shopping for supplies and got back to the canyon about midnight. I then carried about 75 lbs of supplies down a mountain on my back in the dark and then climbed up a small cliff to get to the kitchen to deposit said supplies. I went to bed about three am and woke up about nine thirty for breakfast and work. If I’d done this a few months ago, I’d be crashed, sick, unable to eat and totally NOT writing this blog post today. Instead, today I am a bit sleepy but I’m feeling fine and it a perfectly lovely mood despite it being PMS time. Joy!
I’m not going to use this newfound energy as a way to further burn myself out though, I know what road that leads down. I’m going to be very grateful for the additional energy I have in times of need (like yesterday) and work to rest and slowly build my adrenals and strength up instead of always running on my reserves.
Now, I can’t give the Nettle seeds all the credit, I’ve had personal shifts this Summer, and I’ve also been partaking of some lovely Burdock root and Nettle leaves on a regular basis, and some Milky Oats more recently. However, the biggest physical shift happened when I began taking the Nettle seeds and was quite measurable from when I was taking them and not taking them. I have significantly more energy, much less digestive stress (probably a result of more energy to distribute throughout my body), much less hormonal lability and almost no brain fog or chronic pain these days. And the results seem to have a definite building effect, so that I need less and less instead of more and more. In fact, I haven’t even had my Nettle seeds this morning and I’m doing well.
Henriette talks about this tonic effect on a Nettle seed thread in the Herbwifery forum. It is of primary importance in any treatment for burnout, that the treatment actually restore the health of the body in a long term way rather than just giving a quick, hard boost.
These seeds must be one of the quickest acting adaptogens I’ve ever tried, at least for me. I definitely feel like this was exactly what my body was screaming for. The important thing for myself and other people who use this is to not use the extra energy as an excuse to wear themselves out (did I say that already? I can’t emphasize it enough). I’m working with another woman right now with adrenal issues and Nettle seed and I’ll let you know how that works out too.
I’m still planning on tincturing the seed to try too but I’ve been a bit low on alcohol lately so that will have to wait a bit, and I also want to try that honey paste, I’m hoping to do so sometime this week.
In case you don’t have your own Nettle seeds or don’t want to gather them yourself (thought they’re quite quick to harvest) I know that Elk Mountain Herbs, Ryan Drum and Pacific Botanicals all carry dried seed. I requested Mountain Rose also carry them, but they said they had no plans to do so. I prefer my hand gathered seeds best, but all of the above suppliers have excellent reputations for high quality herbs. I like my seeds with the nutritional calyx included rather than removed.
A note on dosage: I take a small pinch of the seeds 1-3x/day but others recommend 1 tsp. – 1tb. and I’ve noticed that most other people don’t feel much at my dosage. So perhaps start with a tsp. and go from there.
And if you have any notable experiences please let me know, I’d love to hear about it!