- Perennial stinging nettle is native to Eurasia.
- It is an erect herb with drooping ovate, pointed, deeply toothed leaves which are covered with bristly stinging hairs.
- Minute green flowers, with males and females on seperate plants, are borne in pendulous clusters in summer.
- It needs moist nitrogen-rich soil in sun or dappled shade.
- Seeds can be sown in spring.
- Young leaves are cooked like spinach, made into soup, added to meat, egg and vegetable dishes.
- An ingredient of herbal beer.
- Leaves and flowering tops
- Fine hair on leaves and stems cause skin irritation.
- Use gloves to harvest.
- Cure - apply Bulbine juice
Medicinal Uses. It is said that
- Nutritional supplement.
- Rich in calcium, potassium, iron, flavonoids
- High Vitamin C content - help body absorbs iron properly
- Rheumatism, arthritis, gout
- Natural diuretic - cleanse system
- Prevent and treat kidney gravel
- Roots treat enlarged prostate
- Analgesic (pynstillend)
- Tonic for debilitated conditions (verswaktes) and anaemia
- Stop nose bleeds
- Hayfever, asthma, eczema, itchy skin
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