Learning to Love Nettle


| 2/12/2015 2:11:00 PM


Tags: Nettle, Stinging Nettle, Medicinal Herbs, Herbs, Jenny Flores,

Jenny FloresI first met my now good friend, stinging nettle, coming out of a tent one morning on the property I now call home. I was half-asleep and barefoot. Our first meeting did not go well. The stinging that began on the bottom of my foot crawled up around my ankle and burned for much of the morning.

 

nettle growing

I refused to believe it when I was told nettle grew all over the yard until I was taken by the hand, walked around the property (this time in mucking boots), and shown clump after clump of nettle. Oh, and I had such glorious plans for this yard! “Nettle will never do,” I exclaimed and grabbed a gardening book. Certainly there are ways to get rid of it.

Somewhere between the first and fourth article I decided getting rid of the nettle was a bad idea. Once I learned the medicinal properties of this plant I stopped calling it a weed and began referring to it as an herb. I spent time that season researching the plant – how to use it, what conditions to use it for, and where it was growing in the yard. I did not eat any that season. I admit it – I was scared. I remembered being excited about how good dandelion was for you. And eating it. And spitting it out. (If you love, or like, or can even tolerate dandelion, eat it! It's good for you.)

Nettle is used as a diuretic, which is helpful to people suffering from fluid retention as well as those prone to bladder infections and kidney stones. It works to maintain healthy bones and joints, and relieves pain from arthritis and gout. It is used to combat the symptoms of asthma, seasonal allergies, hay fever and hives. Nettle offers protection against neoplastic diseases (tumors), cardiovascular disorders and immune deficiency. The high level of the mineral boron in nettle is helpful for improving short term memory and elevating mood. It is also used for neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis.

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2/22/2015 9:35:13 PM

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nebraskadave
2/15/2015 7:40:57 AM

Jenny, Welcome to the GRIT blogging community. Already you have peaked my interest with your knowledge of plants with health benefits. I'll be looking forward for more wisdom on living naturally. ***** Yup, I've always heard that nettle was good for health but never had the nerve to try it. All through my youthful years on the farm, our goal was to eradicate it and never touch it. The few times that I did get into a middle of a patch, the sting wasn't so bad for me. It lasted a few minutes and was done. I always thought because of its stinging nature, it would be crazy to eat or drink tea made from the nettle plant. I still have a reluctance to try it. I have found that most of the things that I considered weeds to be eliminated from the row crops on the farm are actually very beneficial to health. Imagine that. ***** Have a great nettle tea day.





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