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Nettles: Health Tonic and Organic Fertilizer

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If youíre making a tea for yourself, the ratio is usually one teaspoon per one cup of water, although you can make a stronger brew once your body adapts to this tonic. The leaves need to steep for at least ten minutes to deactivate the stingers or you might have a bit of a tingly mouth. Iíve enjoyed this tea hundreds of times with no problem though.

Most health food stores also carry nettles in tincture and capsule form depending on what you are using this plant for. Consult a naturopath for any contraindications that may apply to any condition you may have or medications you are taking.

Tip: Another way to ingest nettles is in a wonderful soup or as steamed greens! They have been eaten in these forms for hundreds of years. Donít worry if youíre stumped on how to start cooking with nettles Ė there are a myriad of recipes online to fuel your creative culinary pursuits.

So, weíre on to how to make your own organic fertilizer out of nettles. Iíve provided two methods: an advanced method, which is easy, but requires a bit of wait time, and a quick method for those in a hurry.

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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


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


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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