Another one of Nature’s free and abundant Spring Cleaners! Nettle is rampaging the countryside right now packed with goodness and cleansing abilities, so get picking!
It’s a very nutritive plant, like all greedy plants, containing minerals and vitamins in appreciable levels such as Vitamin C and Iron. In this sense it is also a good remedy for Anaemia.
Think of Nettles as a fortifying herb.
It is also a Diuretic, having an important effect on the kidney and fluid excretion. Nettles in particular has the ability to excrete Uric acid from the body, a waste product that typically arises in Gout. By cleansing the body of accumulated wastes, Nettles is particularly good for chronic skin and joint disease.
Nettles has other uses such as a Haemostatic; to staunch bleeding from external wounds or the womb for example. The root is Anti-Prostatic used in Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy, to shrink the prostate gland. It is also used as an Anti–histamine in conditions such as Eczema, Asthma and Hay fever.
What you can do with Nettles:
Harvest the young top shoots with gloves and use fresh as a herbal tissane / infusion ( the usual 50g of fresh herb or 25g dried herb to 1 pint/600ml boiling water or 1 teaspoon per cup of water), or make a juice either with a juicer or mashing the leaves then squeezing the juice out between two spoons for example. You can even make a syrup, which is especially more palatable for children or the light-weights!
The leaves can otherwise be dried and stored for tea making. Ultimately you can even make Nettle soup, in much the same way as you would make spinach soup, delicious!
The sting of the Nettle it is worth pointing out, is de-activated by boiling water and from the boiling process, (Phew!).