Nettles - nature's natural remedy - and they won't sting
Most of us at some stage in our lives may have been stung by nettles. I know I was-it was very painful at the time too. Years later a herbalist suggested that I drink a concoction of nettles to soothe my itchy skin and to cleanse my blood. I resisted at first, but I drank it and it wasn't so bad- it helped that was the main thing.
Urtica Diocia is the Latin name for stinging nettles. You can gather the young leaves in springtime and make a herbal tea with them, or add a bunch to a stew or soup for added nutrition. You do have to be careful where you pick them, there is no point in picking a bunch that has been sprayed with weed killer, or from the side of the road where there's lots of traffic.
You might prefer a supplement. Nettles are available in tablet, tincture, juice and in homeopathic form. They are natural anti-histamine, and are rich in vitamin C and iron. They can help with fluid retention, anaemia, and have some anti-inflammatory properties too.
Nettles are helpful if you suffer from prickly heat rash, or hives. They are also useful for treating hay fever symptoms. A good strength of nettles can help in relieving the symptoms of gout, as well as some arthritic conditions. Plus they're great for your skin and hair.
If you get rashes from the sun, either at home or abroad, you could try a nettle supplement. You can take it before and during your holiday to both treat and prevent this condition. Lots of people have tried this and have had a more pleasant holiday as a result of this simple measure.
As usual be careful if you are on medication; please check if nettle supplements are safe for you to take.
Nettles are a great spring tonic; they will cleanse the blood, and give the cells a boost of nutrition. Go on give them a try, they won't sting!