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Natural remedy for stinging nettle?

Discussion in 'Natural Remedies' started by DarkRaven, Aug 8, 2017.

  1. Aug 10, 2017
    Britesea

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    Plantain (plantago, not the banana) works very well on nettle stings and insect stings and bites. There's a narrow leaf and wide leaf version. [​IMG] (narrow leaf) [​IMG] (wide leaf). If you get stung, grab a couple of leaves of this and bite them a couple of times to get the juices flowing, then slap onto the sting as a poultice. You can also make it into a salve for when there isn't any fresh- just infuse in oil and then add enough beeswax to make a salve. Plantain is also edible (the young leaves) and the seeds have medicinal value (a close relative of psyllium seed)

    Although I give nettles healthy respect, I love them and have actually grown them on purpose in my garden. They taste good in soup and make a tea that does wonders for aches and pains. The sting is inactivated when the leaf is dried or cooked. Also, when the plants are very young, they don't sting.
     
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    TexasLisa

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    DarkRaven, Queen Cleopatra used to take milk and honey baths. If she did it, so can you. :)
     
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    Swede

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    Don't wanna sound like David Attenborough, but that would be quite a waste...

    Are you serious???
    :gig:gig

    That would taste soooo good though.....
     
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    Swede

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    I've never made soup out of it but will give it a shot :)

    Thanks for the info @Britesea!
     
  5. Aug 11, 2017
    sumi

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    Swede

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    baymule

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    I got Texas Bull Nettle growing on my place. I despise them. I don't know about stinging nettle, but i can tell you Texas Bull Nettles are evil and they pack a whallop. I cannot fathom anybody growing this on purpose.

    http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/07/bull-nettle.html
     
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    Swede

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    Gotta hurt
     
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    baymule

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    For days.....
     
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    TexasLisa

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    Baymule, I don't think we have it on our property. Thank goodness for little favors. That looks wicked!
     
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