Yesterday I packed away all of my winter clothes and took the insulating plastic off of my windows, heralding in the warm spring weather. Now with today’s hail and snow, I really wish my sweaters weren’t so under wraps! Lucky for me there are many delicious herbs to keep me warm and keep my immune system strong during this time of transition. Chai tea is one of my favorite warming herbal preparations. So, on this chilly spring day I am glad to snuggle up with some warm chai tea and a good book and enjoy the flowers through the window. I call this recipe "Super" Chai because it focuses on adaptogens - herbal superheroes.
Spectacular Stinging Nettle
Spring is surely springing, as are the many fabulous spring greens! Urtica Dioca- Stinging Nettle - is an amazing herbal ally that begins growing in early spring. Nettle is a deeply nourishing herb, extremely high in vitamins, minerals, and protein. It can also be used as a dye, a fiber, and to relieve arthritic pain. This common weed, often cursed for its sting, has a lot to offer.