nettles tea and contractions …

August 23, 2012

no, the 2 aren’t related! 🙂 but boy howdy, did i have some mega contractions the other night. it was the first time that i had that thought of OH MY, this *could* be it. like, for real. i was really uncomfortable, but after lots of water, a warm bath and trying to rest … things improved. and then the next day (yesterday) his movement was SO big, so intense and (i hate to sound complaining) but just honestly painful at times. hubby was watching my belly from across the room, for like over an hour … felt like my insides were being pounded, my groin was being stomped, my lungs were being squished. and today, even as i write this, i’m having moments where i catch my breath the movement is that pronounced and uncomfortable.

again, i wonder … will we make it to sept 24?! i really really want to AND am wrapping my mind around the fact that i’m just not gonna be that comfortable for the next month. period. and in the scheme of things, that’s fine! ;0)

{ hubby looked up at me this morning and said the most precious thing … “how will we love this new baby as much as we love josiah?!” i loved his honesty and expression of the thing that i think so many parents grapple with, of course coming to the same conclusion of utter and total love for the new baby once it arrives. but still!}

in other news …

nettles tea!

my dear friend shawnna introduced us to this some time ago, and i go in spurts of making it. i’m back at it again this week, and glad i am.  this stuff is SO good for us.

here’s a snippet,

 It can be said about nettle that it is one of the wonder plants that nature has gifted us with. It is renowned because of its astringent, expectorant, tonic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic properties and as an important source of beta-carotene, vitamin A, C and E, iron, calcium, phosphates and minerals. All these qualities recommend it as a powerful remedy against hepatic, arthritic or rheumatic conditions, and as an adjuvant in treating allergies, anemia and kidney diseases.

and this,

Nettles have a long history of use in the home as a herbal remedy and nutritious addition to the diet. The Nettle has long been valued as a medicinal and nutritional treasure.

Nettle is rich in chlorophyll, and a good source of beta carotene; vitamins A, C, and E; tannins; iron; calcium; silicon; potassium; phosphates; and various other minerals. Rich in iron vital to circulation and helpful in high blood pressure.

Nettle leaf has recently become a popular treatment for allergies based on one preliminary study. Nettle leaf is highly nutritious, and in cooked form may be used as a general dietary supplement.

so i’ve been making big jugs of the tea, sweetening it with some raw honey, and we’ve been drinking it like juice. it tastes great – mild and a bit sweet with the honey! (confession: i love having juice in the fridge but we tend to over-drink it when we have it … i feel much better keeping nettles tea around).

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