Stinging Nettles

$3.50

in 3” re-used plastic pot

In stock

Description

Urtica dioica

Yes, I know, why would you want to plant something that will make your hands hurt if you touch it? There are many reasons! Stinging nettles has a long history as a medicinal herb used to treat inflammation, improve circulation, increase energy levels, and multiple other uses, and it is packed with nutrients, including calcium, iron, magnesium and vitamins A, C and K.

When cooked or dried, the leaves won’t sting anymore, and are safe and highly nutritious. Try using the young leaves in soups or as mild-flavored sauteed greens. Fresh or dried leaves can be steeped and made into an herbal tea. But DON’T eat the leaves raw! Ouch.

Use gloves to harvest it; the stems and leaves are covered by tiny “hairs” that act like needles to direct chemicals though them into an unsuspecting persons’ skin, causing a stinging sensation and rash. If you do get “stung”, don’t rub the affected area, but wash with soap and water and apply a moist cloth or ice pack. This usually provides relief within minutes. The juices from dock, jewelweed or aloe vera are also said to provide relief.

Don’t Touch Me! I Sting!

Stinging Nettles
$3.50