Contrary to popular opinion, the common nettle is more than a pesky, stinging weed. It has — since ancient times — been an important source of food, fiber, and pharmaceuticals.
Did you know nettle fibre was once used to make fabric, strong ropes and fishing nets?!
- blood purifier
- internal and external bleeding
- mucus congestion
- skin irritations
- water retention
- help nursing mothers produce milk
- stimulate the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder
- relieves rheumatism in both people and animals
- gargle for mouth and throat infections
- acne and eczema
- healing burns
- scalp conditioner, will make hair soft and glossy
It's also high in Iron, Vitamin C & A, B1, B3, B6, B complex, Vit K, Vitamin D and Potassium!
Yes, it can sting if you touch it without thick gloves, but it's so worth growing (in a container if you want to contain it) for the benefits... it's an amazing herb!
(very handy for us with colds going around atm! )
If you get 'stung', rub the area with crushed dock, plantain or calendula leaves, or the crushed leaves of the nettle plant itself!
To make a tea, pick approx 1 tablespoon of fresh herb, place in a small pot, add 1 cup of boiling water, lid on top, and leave for 10-15 minutes. Strain and pour into a cup, with a little honey if you want.
Or add to soups or a hot bath!