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Let get things started with Uritica Dioica or Stinging Nettles.
I quickly learned what Nettles were after stepping on them barefoot several years ago. At that time I saw them as a useless weed with no real value. Now I see them in a whole new light.
Tea made from Nettles can be used for internal bleeding such as nosebleeds, heavy menstruation, coughing blood, ect.
Widely used as a diuretic (fancy word for "makes you pee!") and can help relieve water retention.
A spring-time tonic used for "hay fever" or seasonal allergies. 🤧
Mixed with Alfalfa and Red Clover, Nettles make part of an excellent remineralizing tea useful during times of stress, recovering from illness and protection from osteoporosis. Contains calcium, magnesium and zinc.
When combined with Saw Palmetto, Nettle root have shown great success in relieving an enlarged prostate.
The root also stimulates T-cell response to infections which shorten immune response time.
Stinging Nettles can be misidentified as Mints as they share similar characteristics and growing conditions. They are always associated with water and can be found around stream beds, valley's and marshes.
Even though they both have square stems and green tapering leaves, the main difference is the stinging hairs on the stalk and leaves. Stout fences of Nettles can grow up to 3-4ft high and be virtually impassable with some stalks being up to 1 inch thick!
Please be careful around Nettles, their sting can have a very mild to severe rash and can last more than several hours!! Until next time ️ #urbanherbology #nettles #herbalism #herbs #huntingtonbeach #urticadioica #plantmedicine #astringent #diuretic #root - 14 minutes ago