How to Make Nettle Oil Infusion


With stinging hairs on its leaves and stem, nettle is considered a weed, but it is also a highly nutritious addition to the diet when made into an oil infusion. Making an oil infusion simply involves extracting a plant's essential oils by brewing its leaves or stem in boiling water. Once nettle is cooked or dried, its stinging properties are not active. Nettle oil infusion is drunk as a tea. Wear gloves when harvesting live nettle, and make your own infusion to enjoy the plant's healthful benefits.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 cup dried nettle leaves
  • Clean glass jar with tight-fitting lid
  • 1 quart water
  • Pot
  • Strainer
  • Crush 1 cup of dried nettle leaves, and place the crushed leaves in a clean glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.

  • Boil 1 quart of water in a pot. Pour the boiled water over the crushed nettle leaves in the jar. Place the lid on the jar tightly.

  • Steep the crushed nettle leaves in the water for at least four hours and up to 10 hours. Keep the jar at room temperature on a shelf or counter until the oil infusion is steeped.

  • Strain the liquid from the crushed leaves. Remove the plant material, and dispose of it, Use the nettle oil infusion immediately or store it for up to three days in a refrigerator.

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