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Superfood green nettle powder (and 10 ways to use it)

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Made from dried nettle leaves, this superfood green powder is packed with nutrients and has great benefits for skin and hair.

I like to turn wild herbs into powders as they are easy to store and very versatile in use. Whether rosehip powder, elderberry or beetroot, powders, in general, are my favorite way of preserving herbs. 

protein powder benefits
protein powder benefits

Knowing the nutritional values of nettle, I wondered why its green leaves cannot be turned into green superfood powder.

This study confirms that nettle powder is nutrient density food. It contains 33.6% protein  which is three times the protein level as compared to the traditional source of cereal proteins (such as rice, wheat, and barley). In addition, Nettle powder has one of the richest sources of crude fiber (9.1%) which is more than 9 times higher as compared to wheat and barley flour. And Stinging Nettle is also rich in minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, and iron which made it probably one of the richest sources of minerals among plant foods.

What is green powder?

Green powders are made of dried vegetable leaves that are ground into powder. You can powder any green leaves like spinach, kale, collards or parsley. You can also powder herbs such as basil, echinacea, astralagus or other vegetable like brocolli, cauliflower or tomatoes. The choices are endless. 

how to make stinging nettle powder
how to make stinging nettle powder

nettle leaf powder benefits

The nettle powder is unique as nettle grows abundantly, you don’t need even to have a garden to forage nettle. 

Moreover, nettle is exceptionally nutritious. Low in calories and high in  minerals and vitamins nettle powder is superfood you want to include on you plate. It tastes little bit grassy but since you usually add it to meals you can easily adjust its taste with vinegar, lemon, garlic or other spices. Making it into powder will allow you to sneak some nutritious veggies into the food. In the powder form you hardly notice it. 

Rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants nettle is a universal cleanser that helps cleanse the body. Its high amount of chlorophyll accelerates detoxification, fight bloating and promotes cells regeneration (study)

This research shows that 100 g of nettle can supply our body with 90-100% of a daily dose of vitamin A ( (including vitamin A as β-carotene). Moreover, nettle is a good source of protein, calcium and iron even when the nettle is dry. 

However, the most nutritious part of the nettle is hidden in its seeds.

how to use nettle powder
how to use nettle powder

Uses of nettle powder

  • I like to add one or two teaspoons to my morning porridge or granola 
  • Spring it over your ham & eggs
  • Make superfood smoothies with this nettle powder
  • To add them daily into food like the tomato powder, mix them with salt and use it in dressings or on salads
  • You can add it to cooked sauces or gravies but just at the end of cooking. As high temperature destroys its nutritional value.
  • I like to add it to raw cakes and protein balls
  • Nettle leaf flour has been incorporated in many recipes, for example, bread, pasta, and noodles dough that suggest it could be used as a protein‐rich supplement in starchy diets associated with poor and undernourished population like Nepal. 
  • Use the nettle powder to Make a nettle tea
DIY green superfood powder
DIY green superfood powder

Nettle powder for hair

Nettle belong to one of the most nutritious herbs with many benefits for our body, skin and hair. Rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins, stinging nettle powder can boost hair growth and enhance hair quality.

Use this powder and essential oils to make a hair mask that you can apply directly on the scalp to enhance your thin hair or to grow your hair back. 

In a bowl mix 2 tablespoons of nettle powder with 2 drops of Rosemary essential oil. Add enough jojoba oil to make a paste. Apply to scalp and gently massage.

This nettle extract enhances blood circulation that helps hair roots to get a sufficient supply of nutrients. It also contributes to hair regrowth and leaves your hair healthier and shinier.

Nettle powder for skin

nettle possesses healing properties and helps with burns and sunburns – steep nettle powder in water and make a topical poultice for your sore spots. It is great to use for burns or sunburns

Anriinflamatory properties of nettle powder may ease skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis or psoriasis. It also contain histamine and chlorophyll that ease itchy skin

how to use nettle for hair growth
how to use nettle for hair growth

Nettle powder as a colorant

Nettle powder has beautiful green color that can bright up any homemade soap or other bath and body products. 

How to make this superfood green powder

First step: Foraging nettle

To achieve the most nutritious powder one should collect the nettle leaves before the plant start blooming which is in spring and early summer.

When you go forage the nettle leaves you can collect leaves one by one, which is time consuming. What I do instead is to cut their stem 5 cm above the ground which encourages new growth.  Then I remove  the leaves from the stems, using gloves. You might find these tools handy when you go foraging for nettle leaves – a pair of garden gloves, garden knife, suitable clothing with long sleeves, thick pants and closed toe shoes. A basket, a cartoon box or paper bag are also handy.

Second step: Washing nettle

Before using nettle in the kitchen, Wash the leaves in a salad spinner and let them dry. You will still need to wear gloves until the leaves are are completely dried or dehydrated. That will make them lose their stinging ability.

washing nettle leaves before drying them
washing nettle leaves before drying them

Third step: Drying the nettles

If you are not in a hurry you can chose air-drying method where you place the leaves on parchment paper, baking tray or cooling racks and let them dry for 3-4 days 

Hang them to dry with a stem tied with a string just make sure they don’t lose their green color during the drying process as they might turn brown or black and this is not desirable. 

drying nettle
drying nettle
dried nettle leaves to make stinging nettle powder
dried nettle leaves to make nettle powder

Use dehydrator

Spread the leaves on the dehydrator’s drying trays and set the dehydrator to the lowest temperature setting or around 95F. Allow drying about 12-15 hours

check if they are dry enough so they crumble easily when rubbed. Be careful as they still can sting at this stage. 

grinding nettle leaves into a green powder
grinding nettle leaves into a green powder

Fourth step: Grinding the nettle

Use herb (avoid using a coffee grinder as it will affect its taste) high power blender and grind them into the finest bright green powder.

Once powdered they won’t sting anymore, just transfer the powder to the sterilized jar and store it. 

Yield: 50

Superfood green nettle powder (and 10 ways to to use it)

nettle powder for skin

Made from dried nettle leaves, this superfood green powder is packed with nutrients and has great benefits for skin and hair.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 4 days
Total Time 4 days 30 minutes

Instructions

  1. To achieve the most nutritious powder one should collect the nettle leaves before the plant start blooming which is in spring and early summer.
  2. Before using nettle in the kitchen, Wash the leaves in a salad spinner and let them dry. You will still need to wear gloves until the leaves are are completely dried or dehydrated. That will make them lose their stinging abilityI
  3. If you are not in a hurry you can chose air-drying method where you place the leaves on parchment paper, a baking tray or cooling racks and let them dry for 3-4 days Hang them to dry with a stem tied with a string just make sure they don’t lose their green color during the drying process as they might turn brown or black and this is not desirable. . 
  4. Use herb (avoid using a coffee grinder as it will affect its taste) high power blender and grind them into the finest bright green powder
  5. .Once powdered they won’t sting anymore, just transfer the powder to the sterilized jar and store it. 

Notes

To speed up the drying process, you can use a dehydrator. Spread the leaves on the dehydrator’s drying trays and set the dehydrator to the lowest temperature setting or around 95F. Allow drying for about 9-10 hours.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1869Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 178mgCarbohydrates: 333gFiber: 307gSugar: 11gProtein: 121g

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nettle powder for skin and hair
nettle powder for skin and hair
Vladka Merva on March 20th, 2021

2 Comments on “Superfood green nettle powder (and 10 ways to use it)”

  1. I love drying herbs and kale from our garden, but I’d never thought about drying/using nettles. They always just seemed like a weed to me, but now I can see they’re really a nutritional and personal care powerhouse! It’s amazing how much goodness can be found inside one little plant.

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