At the mention of nettle, most of you would immediately think of weeds, some of a medicinal plant, and a very few of a vegetable. We tend not to think twice about that which is right in front of us, even if it’s worth a lot as is the case here.
Did you know that if your goal is to heal your garden, all you need to do is simply plant a small bed of nettles? And by cutting it before it flowers, and controlling young sprouts regularly, you don’t have to worry it’ll take over your entire garden.
Here are some interesting facts about nettle. It contains large quantities of calcium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, manganese, boron, provitamin A, vitamin B2, C & K. In the springtime, young nettle leaves feature more vitamins C than oranges and lemons. Apart from the abundance of minerals and vitamins, this plant contains flavonoids, chlorophyll, wax and other substances that are beneficial for the body. Bear in mind, though, you might have an allergic reaction to histamine. But, generally speaking, nettle is an excellent remedy, it strengthens your nervous system, is perfect for stress relief, anxiety, and depression.
Try to find it in nature, far away from the busy roads and other polluted areas. If you plan to eat it, opt for young leaves in the spring. Here’s a useful tip. If you cut your bed of nettles several times, young sprouts will grow again and again, allowing you to pick them throughout the year. You can make different dishes with this plant, as well as desserts and beverages. And that’s not all. Nettle does wonders for your skin, hair and nails.
Nettle juice facial mask
This is a perfect mask for those of you who suffer from acne.
First, take a stem of a young nettle, and soak it in water for a day. Following that, chop it and put in a blender. This is how you get the juice. Then what you need to do is mix 2 tablespoons of tiny oat flakes with an equal amount of low-fat milk and nettle juice in order to get a paste-like consistency which you’ll then apply to your face. Leave it there for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
As you can see, there are numerous ways to use nettle, anything from dishes, tinctures, oils to juices, teas, etc. All in all, this is an excellent plant, both as a source of food, and a medicine. Did you know that in Norse mythology nettle was the symbol of a good associated with thunder – the famous Thor? And according to a Croatian folk belief, a thunder is no stranger to nettle in that it’ll never strike into it. Somehow nettle managed to find a way to defend itself, unlike lilies and daffodils. There’s even a saying to back this up – “lightening never strikes into a clump of stinging nettle”.
Translation: A. Slišković