Interesting Article on Nettles

Linda Bittle
Linda Bittle Posts: 1,469 ✭✭✭✭✭
edited May 2022 in Wild Edibles & Medicinals

Check out the photo of the stingers. Beautiful in its way.

Why you should embrace stinging nettles - BBC Future


  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 1,937 ✭✭✭✭✭

    That is indeed an interesting article. Made me go look for others. Especially looking for something regarding the line in this article about...

    "need to be prepared properly to avoid allergic reactions"

    Haven't found much that specifies that yet. But this article sounded pretty good as well.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin
    edited May 2022

    @vickeym Forager Chef is very interesting.

    I found that it's use by the Romans using it for meat tenderisation was interesting. I wonder how that was done?

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 1,937 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I was thinking that too. I'm thinking some type of marinade maybe. Using a infusion such as the tea to make the marinade with. But still looking for more information.

  • LaurieLovesLearning
    LaurieLovesLearning Posts: 7,210 admin

    @Linda Bittle Those were interesting.

    The second says the Nettle was used to tenderize meat while boiling. I guess that answers that question.

    Something helpful also in that article is "the stems and leaves soaked in water and the water used as an organic pesticide, being applied to plants with mites or aphids." That could come in very handy! I recently bought an ivy that had aphids on it. I think I've been able to rinse off & squish them all (it was a small plant with few aphids). But I should most likely make some up should they reappear.

    Mites & aphids seem to be some of the most common houseplant pests.

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    Stinging Nettle truly is a multi-purpose plant. Good for us and the environment.

    One use I hadn't heard of is as a meat tenderizer. I will have to try that.

    The Forager Chef mentions that Urtica dioica was thought to be non-native in North America but now are considered to be native. First Nations in BC, particularly along the coast, have been using nettle fibre to make fishing nets and other cordage since long before first contact. So it is definitely a native species, although, there is a sub taxon difference. Urtica dioica ssp. dioica is the European species. Urtica dioica ssp. gracilis is the North American species and is widespread in my area.

    We have another introduced species in BC, Urtica urens, or Lesser Nettle or Dog Nettle. It is a smaller plant with slightly more rounded leaves. Not hardy in my area.

    For medicinal uses (and as pointed out in the reference articles, it has so many), it is different parts of the plant for different conditions. Nettle leaves are diuretic so are used for fluid retention, bladder infections, stones, gout, etc. Nettle seeds are an adrenal tonic. Nettle root is used for BPH.

    I will attest to dock getting rid of the sting. I used that all the time when I was a kid and had inadvertently encountered nettle. So not a placebo.

    Laportea canadensis is a new one for me. But it doesn't grow in BC. The one pic given looks almost like a raspberry plant.

    I haven't found any nettle yet this year. Cows took care of my regular patch. :(

    I just discovered that a neighbour has had dead nettle take over his garden, so I will be going over to harvest and take care of his overabundance.

  • vickeym
    vickeym Posts: 1,937 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @torey Good to know about the different varieties. I think we had some form of stinging nettle when I was growing up in Florida. Didn't know the name and has been years since I have seen them but they sure stung if you brushed an ankle against it or stepped on one barefoot. Glad to hear the dock remedy works.

    Not sure what BPH stands for.

    I thought dead nettle was a different plant species all together. Are they similar in use?

  • Torey
    Torey Posts: 5,396 admin

    @vickeym BPH. Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. Something that is becoming more common. I have been told by someone who saw a doc for his problem, that the doc said that 90% of all men over 70 will experience this to some degree. Hasn't been that way in my experience. But nettle root is one of the herbal treatments.

    Dead Nettle is a different plant genus. It is Lamium species. L. album is White Dead Nettle. L. purpurea is Purple (or Red) Dead Nettle. L. galeobdolon is Yellow Dead Nettle. There are other species, too. Different uses than stinging nettle although both Lamium and Urtica are diuretic. It is: astringent, styptic, diaphoretic, diuretic, anti-inflammatory, alterative, antioxidant.

  • nicksamanda11
    nicksamanda11 Posts: 713 ✭✭✭✭

    Laportea (wood nettle) is what grows around me. We love it's flavor in nettle soup. We also enjoy a nutritive infusion of it.

  • MissPatricia
    MissPatricia Posts: 308 ✭✭✭

    Most interesting. I read the article that was mentioned near the top. So I will have to keep my eyes open for it in my garden where I discovered it last year. I plan to dehydrate it for tea and maybe saute it like spinach. I hope sauteing is a viable option.

  • JennyT Upstate South Carolina
    JennyT Upstate South Carolina Posts: 1,273 ✭✭✭✭✭
    edited May 2022

    I was hoping to find some growing here at our new place but no luck.😕 All I found was purple dead nettle not stinging nettle.

    I'll be growing stinging nettle from seed this year and planting it all over the place.

  • judsoncarroll4
    judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,282 admin

    I'm growing some out this year for seed... could take 2 seasons, but I cna get you some