Stinging nettles sting.
My first encounter with nettles was not pleasant, and at the time, I didn’t know enough to look for lamb’s quarter or dock to soothe the nettle’s sharp bite. Instead, I chose to run screaming back to camp seeking my mother’s aid to treat the flaming red blisters on my legs.
Despite my first meeting with nettles, I have grown to love their amazing nutritional and healing properties. They are one of the few herbs that I can recommend to almost anyone–young, old, weak, strong, nursing mothers and athletes. To date, I haven’t come up with someone that can’t benefit from nettles.
A bit of nettle history
Nettles have a long history of medicinal use–dating back to the bronze age. Native Americans used them to stop bleeding after child birth, Victorian women used nettle tinctures to thicken their hair. Soups were used to build strength and stamina–the list is long as you will see below.
Nettles grow wild across Europe, America and parts of Canada. Many people harvest them fresh, but for ease (possibly I’m just lazy) I get my nettles dried and in bulk unless a local grower has some fresh available. I use them regularly for my family, self and my clients. All parts of the nettle plant have medicinal properties earning them a place of honor in my herbal cupboard.
Western uses and nutritional profile
Long inhale and go…. Asthma, chronic cough, any lung disorder, hives, shingles, eczema, diabetes, uterine bleeding, chronic nose bleeds, allergies, gout, heart failure, spasms urinary and kidney stones, urinary tract infections, strengthen hair, heal wounds, replenishing after surgery, fluid retention, rheumatism, arthritis, reduce edema and bloating, build teeth and bones, balance mood swings, […]