Submitted by Doris Potter
Instead of being reviled, consider stopping for a moment. Stinging Nettle (Urtica diocia) is one of the best healing plants found in our part of the world. When I looked it up it listed it as a remedy for 29 symptoms of illness! Don’t worry I will not bother you with them all! But I will give you the gist of its quality.
Stinging nettle is a close companion to mankind. You will find it wherever humans are dwelling or have dwelled, never in places where there was no settlement. The young stinging nettle leaves are very rich in vitamins and iron and can be used as a very nutritious vegetable or as tea.
We all know that its sting is poisonous and will burn us when we are inattentive when out and about. Actually the whole plant, leaves and stems are covered with little brittle stinging hairs holding a protein-acid-fluid that irritates our skin. This substance is excreted from the rest of the plant. It has an inherent healing force with everything that has to do with excretion and can be used to strengthen processes to do particularly with the bladder and kidneys, helping with such symptoms such as rheumatism, gout or eczema. The roots are used for arthritis and also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Because of the strong iron properties in the plant it can help with stimulating blood formation. The whole plant challenges our core being to take hold of ourselves and our health.
A 5-6 week nettle-tea-cure in spring and autumn will help in detoxing and also strengthen our immune system.
Nettle Tea Recipe:
Pour about 1 litre of boiling water over a few young twigs of stinging nettle – remove after 2-3 minutes, drink 1 cup before breakfast and the rest sipping throughout the day. (Buy dried leaves or pick young nettles from clean areas, not during flowering season).
In Rhythmical Massage I use Dr Hauschka`s “Birch Body and Massage Oil” of which stinging nettle is an ingredient. This combination has a particular strengthening quality for body, mind and soul.