April 17th, 2017 – Stinging Nettle
So, what happens when you misread a package’s weight? In this case mistake fluid oz. for weight oz.? You end up with a whole lot more of a product than you intended to order. If you haven’t figured it out, I indeed accidentally ordered way too much stinging nettle. Or, did I? They say there is no such thing as a coincidence in the magical realms. So now I have a full pound of stinging nettle. That is a LOT of herb. So of course while I had one intention planned for it, it was now time to seek out all the various things you can use it for. I have decided to share that bit of research with you.
1). You can help banish a person from your life by putting fresh cut stinging nettle (wear gloves) in a red flannel person shaped bag with the name of a person inside. Leave the doll at a cross roads taking a really weird path to get there, and even stranger path to return home.
2). There are a few methods of using the plant to help stop bleeding. It can help with coagulation but has to be boiled and strained first.
3) Stinging nettle lotions seem to help hair grow again where there has been hair loss. There is a pair of lotions you can prepare to use at varying times of the day.
4) Nettle Greens and Cream of Nettle Soup are said to help shed unwanted weight. The nettles however must be harvested fresh. They can be frozen. Caution should always be taken when harvesting nettles. They get their name for a reason.
5) Men can take stinging nettle capsules to help reduce BPH levels. No, it isn’t a cure but studies have shown that if taken consistently for over a month, it does help relieve some of the symptoms.
6) Stinging nettle tea is said to help relieve allergies.
Other items that stinging nettle is said to have been used for: painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. It is also used for urinary tract infections, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.
As with any herb or alternative treatment, there are contraindications with medication you may be prescribed. Stinging Nettle is one of the few plants that regular doctors do recommend for certain problems and has been studied thoroughly. ALWAYS TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR FIRST!!!!