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Nettles: Health Tonic and Organic Fertilizer

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Nettles: Health Tonic and Organic Fertilizer

 

As a child I remember fearing the prickles of these wild and rampant weeds. Little did I know that the sting of this plant was protecting a delicious green vegetable, a healing herb and a wonderful vegan organic fertilizer.

Nettles (Urtica dioica), are high in many minerals, flavonoids, essential amino acids, proteins and vitamins, including chlorophyll, nitrogen, iron, vitamins A, B1, B5, C, D, E and K, iron, potassium, copper, zinc, magnesium, calcium and more. All of these beneficial plant-based compounds combine to create a natural tonic and immune builder for both your body and the garden.

Nettles have traditionally been used to treat allergies and respiratory related illness, reduce inflammation, cleanse the blood, relieve pain, stop hair loss, lower blood pressure, heal wounds, stimulate digestion, relieve anemia, balance blood sugar/hormone levels and the list goes on and on. They are a powerful plant that is great to have around the house, but donít worry Ė Iím not suggesting planting this weed in your garden.

Weeds are simply plants that have adapted to self-seed and propagate rampantly, basically any plant that is difficult to control. So stinging nettles are best harvested wild, or planted in a large pot far, far, far away from your garden.

Thankfully, they are abundant in many parts of the world. So most likely, all youíll have to do is go for a spring walk with your nettle-picking gear in hand, or pop down to the natural health food store and buy the dried leaves in tea bag or bulk form.

Wondering how you brew a cup of tea or a veganic fertilizer from this pesky powerhouse?

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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

Gentle World is a vegan intentional community and non-profit organization, whose core purpose is to help build a more peaceful society, by educating the public about the reasons for being vegan, the benefits of vegan living, and how to go about making such a transition. For more information about vegan food and other aspects of a vegan lifestyle, visit the Gentle World website and subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

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12:22PM PST on Jan 29, 2013

Wyciąg z pokrzywy jest dobry na mszyce. wystarczy kilka dni moczenia pokrzyw i już można pryskać.

5:24PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

thanks

7:27PM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

As for remedies for being "stung" by nettles, try crushing some plantain if you see some growing nearby and rub the crushed plantain on the itchy skin. Also it should be noted that one should never consume nettle when it has gone to seed as it is very bad for your liver. The main picture of nettle in the article is a plant that has gone to seed.

4:13PM PST on Dec 6, 2011

The painful childhood memories came back quickly.

8:10PM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

Nettles are tremendously valuable!

1:47AM PDT on Sep 13, 2011

thanks

10:55PM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thank you so much for the information on nettles. There's an abundance of this weed in our farm and never realized its benefits.It'll be a great help in my efforts to remain purely "organic" in growing vegetables. Love, peace and joy!

11:04AM PDT on Sep 7, 2011

I had a friend tell me about the benefits of nettle years ago. Just wish it wasn't so itchy. lol

11:37AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Nettle is very helpful, because it can make a fresh salad, sweating in the bath, wash my hair. Next to me a lot of nettles growing.

11:05AM PDT on Sep 1, 2011

Nettles very useful,possible do the fresh salads,steam in bath,helps at радикулитах,useful wash the head,beside мкня much nettles grows.

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