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STINGING NETTLE LEAVES, URTICA DIOICA
HAND PICKED BY THE RIVER, PERSONALLY BY ME. I DRIED AND PACKED THEM TIGHTLY IN An 8 oz Full Cup+ SIZE ZIPLOCK BAG, READY FOR YOU.
As a Tonic, Immune-Boosting Tea, or a wonderful Potherb to add to soups or stews. You can make into Irish Soup, Nettle Bread, a tincture, or infuse to utilize as a healthful addition for your family and pets.
USES OF DRY STINGING NETTLE LEAVES
While nettles are simple to use, be careful when picking, as the leaves contain tiny stinging barbs that will irritate the skin. The sting is rendered harmless by drying or applying heat, so cooking the young leaves or pouring boiling water on stinging nettle leaves and stalks is the best way to get the full benefit from this plant.
URTICA DIOICA, the Common Stinging Nettle, has a very long history acting as a healing plant and alternative cure for many ailments. The common use for the stinging nettle is as a potherb which is used in soups and stews as well as to make delicious nettle tea.
The Health and Nutritional Benefits of Urtica Dioica or Common Stinging Nettles:
The whole plant is anti-asthmatic, anti-dandruff, astringent, depurative, diuretic, galactogogue, haemostatic, hypoglycaemic and a stimulating, invigorating vitamin and mineral packed tonic. Use Stinging Nettle leaves in recipies the same as you would Spinach.
In its peak season, stinging nettle contains up to 25% protein, dry weight, which is high for a leafy green vegetable. The young leaves are edible and make a very good pot-herb. The leaves are also dried and may then be used to make a tisane, as can also be done with the nettle's flowers.
Around the World - Nettles can be used in a variety of recipes, such as polenta and pesto. Nettle soup is a common use of the plant, particularly in Northern and Eastern Europe. Nettles are sometimes used in cheese making, for example in the production of Yarg and as a flavoring in varieties of Gouda. In Nepal and in Kumaon region of Northern India, Stinging Nettle is known as Shishnu. It's a very popular cuisine and cooked with Indian spices.
Soups & Stews - Use a standard basic soup recipe, chop and add the young nettle tops and boil for an additional ten minutes to make a delicious and highly nutritious soup. Nettle soup is easily digested and high in minerals (especially iron) and vitamins (especially A and C).
Nettle tea – Tea is also easy to make by infusing the young leaves for about five minutes in boiled water. This tea has traditionally been used as a cleansing tonic and blood purifier.
Other amazing uses:
Allergies – Nettle tea greatly relieves asthma, hay fever, allergies and mucous conditions of the lungs. Make the tea using two teaspoons for the dried leaves per cup of boiling hot water.
Anemia – Nettle is a very high source of digestible iron, which makes it a valuable herb in treating anemia as well as fatigue. The fresh juice is the best source of iron, taking ¼ to ½ cup three to four times daily for several weeks or until condition improves.
Burns – A cooled strong tea made from the fresh or dried leaves of stinging Nettle makes a soothing wash for minor burns and sunburn. Nettle Lotion applied to burns as well as rashes speeds healing and soothes irritation.
Diabetes –Stinging Nettle lowers blood sugar levels, especially when combined with Huckleberry leaves. Take two capsules of a blend of one part powdered Nettle leaves with two parts powdered Huckleberry leaves thirty minutes before meals.
Soap – The Irish make a wonderful Shampoo – Skin Soap Bar that relieves eczema, dandruff and lifeless hair.
Textiles - Nettle stems contain a bast fiber that has been traditionally used for the same purposes as linen and is produced by a similar retting process. Unlike cotton, nettles grow easily without pesticides. The fibers are coarser however. Nettles may be used as a dye-stuff, producing yellow from the roots, or yellowish green from the leaves.
Gardening - As well as the potential for encouraging beneficial insects, nettles have a number of other uses in the vegetable garden. The growth of stinging nettle is an indicator that an area has high fertility (especially phosphorus) and has been disturbed.
Nettles contain a lot of nitrogen and so are used as a compost activator or can be used to make a liquid fertilizer which although somewhat low in phosphate is useful in supplying magnesium, sulphur and iron. They are also one of the few plants that can tolerate, and flourish in, soils rich in poultry droppings
Veterinarian aid for Livestock and Pets (us too):
Stinging Nettle is excellent for all wasting diseases, poor appetite, heart ailments and lung disorders. The herb also works as a blood tonic and to improve the condition of hair or fur. The dried Stinging Nettles and their Seeds can be added to the feed of large animals, 1 cup three times daily for large animals such as horses, to improve any of the above conditions.
Smaller amounts can be mixed in with meat or meal for poultry, cats, rabbits and dogs. Don’t worry about giving too much, as the herb is tonic and an overdose would be highly unlikely. For external problems of fur or hair, simmer 1 cup of the fresh leaves and 1 cup of the fresh (or dried) seeds in a quart of water for 10 minutes.
Allow mixture to stand overnight. Stain and add 3 Tbsp. of cider vinegar to the liquid (which will be mucilaginous). Bottle and store in the refrigerator. Rub the mixture on problem areas (eczema, saddle sores, balding patches). For preventing or removing fur balls in long-haired cats, administer ¼ cup of the cooled Stinging Nettle Seed tea twice weekly.