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Spring is in full swing but you can still find fresh, tender nettles for harvest. Nutrient dense and delicious these local “weeds” are a culinary delight. Touted as a tonic herb, nettles are rich in minerals and cleanse the kidneys. They are astringent and provide relief from water retention, promote lactation, treat diarrhea and help control blood sugar.

The best leaves are the tender new growth of the top 3-4 leaves. Makes sure your wear gloves as the sting of nettles is no joke! The best plants are 1-2 feet high.

Two of my favorite ways to use fresh nettles are in tea and in pesto. Enjoy these seasonal delights!

Fresh Nettles Tea

  • 4 cups nettle leaves
  • 4 cups water

Boil water and then add leaves. Simmer for 5 min. Strain. Tea may be sweetened with honey if desired. It will have a grassy, green taste.

Makes 4 cups, enjoy 1-2 cups daily


Nettle Pesto or Pesto D’Urtica

 I love making pesto. It’s fun to make it with greens other than basil too! Right now in my garden I have some Italian parsley that has over wintered. It makes delicious alternative or addition to a traditional pesto.  It could easily be added to this recipe in place of some of the nettles for a fresh, healthy taste.  I also use walnuts instead of pine nuts but feel free to substitute pine nuts if you wish or even pecans for a sweeter flavor.

  •  3 cups nettle leaves (You can use the same ones that you reserved from the nettle tea otherwise simmer for only 1 minute and place in an ice water bath. Squeeze out all the water)
  • 1 cup basil ( Optional: this will impart some of the traditional pesto flavor)
  • 1 cup walnuts, pan toasted
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • ¾ cup olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 T lemon juice

Place all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until creamy.

Serve over polenta, pasta, or on grilled veggies

Serves 4

Lindsey Lawson SeattleLindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health in Madison Valley and West Seattle and Seattle Fertility Acupuncture. She is passionate about healthy, happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.


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We take the idea of cleansing and reinterpret it through the lens of East Asian medicine. Elemental DetoxIt’s called Elemental because it’s basic yet essential. Change your diet and your eating habits and enjoy better health. This 3 week, food based cleanse, is an opportunity to transform your body, habits and health. It supports your needs for individualized, optimal wellness.

Why Detox?

Traditional Medicine has a history of cleansing as a path toward greater health. Our environment and diets have become more and more polluted and un-natural. Processed foods, environmental toxins, and hormones in our meats are just a few things that place a heavy burden on our body. Our pathways of elimination including our digestion, liver, skin, and urination can become sluggish and less efficient in ridding our bodies of toxins. This can in turn affect a variety of things including hormones, reproductive health, mental health, allergies, digestion, skin and musculoskeletal (pain) complaints. A cleanse gives the body a break from additional stressors coming in and allows it to process and eliminate stored up toxins. The results can be incredible.

The beauty of East Asian medicine is that it is always evolving. It’s a system that can adapt to new information, adjust, and add value. When this medicine was first created there was not the level of toxicity and stress that we face every day in modern society. But now there is. Looking at the modern client it is easy to see that their systems are overwhelmed. They also often have combination patterns from an East Asian Medical view. Meaning, for example, they may be deficient (frequently cold, pale, and low energy) but also excessive (sluggish digestion, irritable, with headaches.) This situation lends itself well to treatment though the Elemental Detox.

Habitual Choices vs. Conscious Choices

This program allows you to get down to basics and align your body, mind, and spirit. It takes 3 weeks to begin a new habit. The goal is to give the body and mind a reset button. It can provide a fresh start and a clean slate that can make other aspects of treatment with acupuncture and herbs more effective. It takes commitment, but countless patients have done it and succeeded with great results.

The plan includes coaching  with Lindsey Lawson MS EAMP (billable to insurance for those with acupuncture coverage), supplements, recipe packet, and daily health recommendations.

Lindsey Lawson Acupuncture in Seattle WALindsey Lawson MS EAMP is an Acupuncturist, Chinese Herbalist and Clinic Director at Glow Natural Health and Seattle Fertility Acupuncturist. She is passionate about healthy , happy living and a regular blogger. For an appointment call Glow at 206 568 7545.

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Diabetes is a pervasive illness that affects millions of people around the world. It is a chronic condition, affecting the way that your body processes sugar (glucose), which is your primary energy source. A diagnosis of type 2 diabetes means that your body has become resistant to insulin, the hormone that regulates blood glucose levels; whereas, type 1 diabetes means that you are insulin dependent and need regular injections.
The symptoms of type 2 diabetes include increased hunger and thirst, frequent urination, rapid weight loss, blurred vision, fatigue, irritability, areas of darkened skin, slow healing sores, and lingering infections. If it is left untreated, type 2 diabetes can quickly become a life threatening condition. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is essential that you immediately seek medical attention.
Type 2 diabetes is typically associated with a family history of diabetes, prediabetes or gestational diabetes developed during pregnancy, race or ethnicity, physical inactivity, stress and inflammation, age, and obesity. It is also important to eliminate those harmful health behaviors that may have contributed to this condition, such as smoking, overeating, and/or the excessive consumption of alcohol.
Some of the more severe complications caused by type 2 diabetes can include heart disease and blood vessel disease, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, and a narrowing of the arteries. In fact, studies show that the risk of a type 2 diabetic having a stroke within their first five years following diagnosis more than doubles and 3 of every 4 of them will die of a heart or blood vessel disease.
Nerve damage can also result from type 2 diabetes and cause numbness, tingling, burning or pain, eventually resulting in a loss of feeling in the affected limb, eventually resulting in amputation. This damage can also lead to severe nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation. Among men, erectile dysfunction can also become a major issue. Kidney failure requiring dialysis or even a transplant may occur and type 2 diabetes is one of the leading causes of severe eye problems, including blindness.
Type 2 diabetes may increase your susceptibility to fungal or bacterial skin infections, in addition to gum disease among those with poor dental hygiene. Hearing problems may also develop, along with a reduction in bone mineral density leading to osteoporosis. Due to its relationship with the development of cardiovascular problems, type 2 diabetes can also increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.
Although there is presently no cure available, type 2 diabetes is manageable through changes in your diet and maintaining a healthy weight. It will require a lifetime commitment to improving your health and may involve regular blood sugar monitoring, healthier eating (fresh fruits, raw vegetables, and whole grains), regular exercise, and the potential use of medication.
It is also important to know that only a competent, qualified physician or nurse practitioner can assess and diagnose you with diabetes. If you or someone you know is experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment with your doctor right away. Please know that the team healthcare professionals here at the Glow Natural Health Center genuinely care about your safety, health, and well-being. If you or someone you know may be concerned about your health, give us a call today and discover how we can help you to improve your health and ultimately, your life…

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