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Nettle Leaf 1 Oz. (Urtica dioica)

Nettle Leaf 1 Oz. (Urtica dioica)

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One ounce, cut and sifted.100% Certified USDA Organic & Kosher.

Nettle (Urtica dioica), also known as stinging nettle, has a fascinating history. Evidence suggests it was used as far back as ancient Egypt for treating arthritis and lower back pain. Roman soldiers even rubbed it on themselves for warmth. This seemingly innocuous plant is covered in tiny hairs that contain formic acid, histamine, and other chemicals that cause a burning sting upon contact. Despite the discomfort, stinging nettle has become a mainstay in various cultures due to its many uses.

Medicinally, stinging nettle has been used for centuries to treat a wide range of ailments. In Europe, it was traditionally used as a diuretic and for joint pain. Modern research suggests it may also help reduce hay fever symptoms, blood pressure, and blood sugar levels, although more clinical studies are needed. The leaves are typically consumed as a tea or tincture but can also be applied topically to soothe stings from other insects. It's important to note that fresh leaves can irritate the skin, so consuming them cooked, dried, or freeze-dried is recommended.

Culinary uses for stinging nettles are abundant as well. Once the sting is neutralized by cooking, the young leaves can be enjoyed as a nutritious potherb like spinach or kale. Nettle soup is a popular dish in many parts of Europe, and the leaves can also be used in quiches, pestos, and even stews.

Stinging nettle even holds significance in the realm of magick. In some traditions, it is seen as a protective herb, warding off negativity and evil spirits, It has also been associated with fertility and abundance, and is sometimes used in rituals to promote growth and prosperity Whether you're interested in its historical significance, medicinal properties, or culinary delights, Nettle offers a unique and intriguing herbal experience.

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