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Did you know that nettles are one of the most powerful plants on the planet? They have been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. Nettles are also a rich source of nutrients, making them an excellent addition to any diet. In this blog post, we will discuss 10 surprising facts about nettles that you may not know. We will also provide some tips on how to use this amazing plant!
Nettle is a member of the Urticaceae family, which includes more than 30 other plant species. The most common type of nettle is the stinging nettle (Urtica dioica). Nettles are found throughout the world in temperate and tropical climates. They typically grow like weeds in gardens, fields, and forests.
Nettles have a long history of use in traditional medicine. In Europe, they were used to treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions, including arthritis, gout, anemia, and diarrhea. Nettles were also used as a diuretic, to promote lactation, and to stop bleeding. In traditional Chinese medicine, nettles are used to treat allergies, asthma, and hay fever.
Nettles are an excellent source of nutrients. They are a good source of vitamins A, C, and K. They also contain minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. Nettles are high in protein and fiber. In fact, they have more protein than spinach!
There are many ways to use nettles. They can be eaten fresh or cooked. Fresh nettles in a salad is a delicious way to get your greens. Nettles can also be juiced, made into tea, or used in soups and stews.
Nettles have a variety of benefits for your health. They can help improve digestion, relieve allergies, and increase energy levels. Nettles are also thought to boost the immune system. Nettles can also be dried and made into tea. Nettle leaves can be used as a compress to treat inflammation and pain. The juice from nettles can be used topically to treat wounds, burns, and insect bites.
If you are interested in trying nettles, there are a few things you should know. Nettles can cause allergic reactions in some people. If you are allergic to other plants in the Urticaceae family, such as poison ivy or oak, you may also be allergic to nettles. It is always best to test a small area of skin before using nettles topically. Nettles can also sting if they come into contact with bare skin. If you are stung by a nettle, you can use the sori from the underside of a fern to relieve the itch? Sori are the little spots under a fern, they are grouped together under the fronds and are usually orange or brown in color. A helpful forest remedy if you are collecting fresh nettle, or clearing it from an area in your garden. If you don’t have ferns close by you can also rinse the area with cold water and apply a cool compress.
Nettle Tea Recipe
- One cup of water
- One teaspoon of dried nettles
- Honey (optional)
Bring the water to a boil. Add the nettles and let steep for five minutes. Remove from heat and strain. Add honey to taste. Consume up to three times per day.
If you don’t have access to fresh nettles check out this wonderful 1 lb Loose Leaf Organic Nettle Leaf by FGO. This bag can make up to 200 cups of nettle tea. It’s also available in a smaller 4 oz Loose Leaf resealable bag.
Nettles are an extremely powerful plant with a wide range of uses. We hope this blog post has given you some new insights into this amazing plant! If you are interested in trying nettles, be sure to check out our recipe for nettle tea. Talk to your healthcare provider first and always test a small area of skin before using them topically.
Have you ever tried using nettles? What was your experience? Let us know in the comments below!