Native American healers used to hit the arms or legs of paralysed patients with nettles to stimulate their muscles. Roman soldiers used this method to warm their bodies and restore circulation in cold weather. This technique is also used worldwide to relieve pain.
Nicholas Culpeper, a 17th century astrologer and physician, wrote: " The roots or leaves, or the juice of them, boiled and made into an electuary with honey, is a safe and sure medicine to open the passages of the lungs, which is the cause of wheezing and shortness of the breath. It helps to expectorate phlegm and help to treat pleurisy. As a gargle, it helps the swelling of the mouth and throat. A decoction of the leaves provokes the courses and urine and expels gravel and stone. It kills worms in children, eases pain in the sides and dissolves wind in the spleen. The seed taken as a drink is remedy against the bites of dogs and the poisonous qualities of Hemlock, Henbane, Nightshade and Mandrake. The bruised seed or leaves put into the nostrils takes away the polypus. The juice of the leaves or a decoction of the root is used as a wash for fistulas and gangrenes and for corroding scabs or itch."
It seems nowadays we have forgotten the wonderful properties of the common wild stinging nettle which is strange as it is such a profusely growing weed in the UK.
Nutrients in nettles per 100 grams
Nettle tea has long been used as a health promoting drink. It is thought to be beneficial to the digestive system, urinary tract and to the blood and because nettles are rich in iron this tea can also help combat anaemia. This recipe has powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties and three cups can be consumed per day to help fight off infections.
NOTE: Do not drink nettle tea if suffering from heart or kidney problems.
"Nature cures not the physician..." Hippocrates 460 BC
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