medicinal qualities

"Tea began as a medicine..."

"Tea began as a medicine and grew into a beverage." - Okakura KaKuzo, The Book of Tea 1906

Nettle [Urtica dioica] "weed" of treasure

Nettle, Stinging Nettle or urtica dioica is one of our most treasured "weeds" in our garden. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant that has a wide range of medicinal uses that has been used for thousands of years . The "sting" comes from the fine hairs on the plant which act as fine needles that release irritating chemicals such as serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine. Our skin reacts through symptoms of pain, redness, itching, swelling and numbness. Once nettle is cooked, soaked in hot water or dehydrated, the stinging quality is eradicated.

Nettle is super delicious and highly nutritious when cooked or used in a variety of recipes such as teas, pestos, soups, stews, stirfries or smoothies. It is also a common treatment in our herbal apothecary which we use medicinally to alleviate a variety of ailments. The most common uses are for urinary issues, allergies, hayfever and arthritis. It is also available in tablet or capsule form from most health food stores and pharmacies.

Nettle is a safe medicinal herb when used appropriately however as with any medicinal treatments precautions must be taken before use. If you are pregnant or diabetic, you should avoid taking stinging nettle.  If you are taking prescription medications, have a medical history or have further questions we recommend speaking to your healthcare provider to determine whether stinging nettle is right for you.

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2017 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.



                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

Leucospermum cordifolium [PIncushion protea]

Pure Beauty of the Protea.

In the early 1800's Leucospermum cordifolium [ PIncushion protea ] was used widely as a cough suppressant, respiratory healer and a gastric ulcer remedy.

Native to South Africa, Leucospermum is a genus of about 50 species of flowering plants in the family Proteaceae. Vivid, attractive and a little bit whimsy make this a perfect shrub for the garden. Bees have been known to use the resin to seal their hives and sugarbirds and bats feast on the stems of these ancient flowers.

With origins dating back over 30 million years these flowers have adapted, evolved and transformed into a variation of over 1600 plants.

Tenacious, courageous and outrageously beautiful. The protea.


"Let food be thy medicine ..."