NETTLE


NETTLE: “Takes the Sting out of Gout”

Blood Pressure, Congestive Heart Failure, Gout, Hay Fever PMS, Scurvy

Also Known As: Common Nettle, Greater Nettle and Stinging Nettle

HISTORY:

Nettle was used in weaving way before it became a popular healing herb. Archeologists discovered burial shroud fabrics made of nettle at Bronze Age sites in Denmark. During World War I in Germany, cotton became short in supply. Cloth made of nettle was used instead of cotton.

The use of nettle goes back to the 3rd century B.C. Roman soilders flailed themselves with the prickly nettle leaves in cold climates because the sting of the herb warmed their skin. This practice is called urtication and is still used today to relieve joint stiffness, arthritis and gout pain.

PREPARATION:

For a juice to help treat gout pain and possibly prostate enlargement, process fresh plant material in a juicer.

  • Infusion:

Add 1 to 2 teaspoons of dried herb per cup of boiling water. Steep infusion for 10 minutes and drunk up to 2 cups a day.

  • Tincture:

Add 1/4 to 1 teaspoon up to 2 times a day.

USE: (Grow Your Own)

Plant the seeds in the spring. Nettles grow very easily from their seeds or roots in just about any soil. Wear gloves when harvesting. You do not want to get pricked by the leaves. Harvest in late spring or early summer.

Young nettle leaves may be boiled or steamed like cabbage or spinach. Eat them as a vegetable. Boiling and drying them will eliminate the sting. The fresh tender shoots do not sting at all and can be used in making salads.

SAFETY:

Do not give nettle to children under the age of two. Large doses of nettle tea can cause stomach irritation, burning skin and suppress urine output. Use in medicinal amounts. The FDA considers nettle as an herb of undefined safety.