Stinging Nettle has been a staple in herbal medicine since ancient times. Ancient Egyptians used stinging nettle to treat arthritis and lower back pain, while Roman troops rubbed it on themselves to help stay warm.
It has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia.
Nettle is so good at treating pain and sore muscles,
especially related to arthritis, that the Arthritis Foundation suggests that
nettle tea may also reduce the inflammation and pain association with
Nettle is incredibly nutritious for both other plants and humans:
Vitamins: Vitamins A, C and K, as well as several B vitamins
Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and sodium
Polyphenols: Kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid, coumarins and other flavonoids
Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin and other carotenoids
As well as being delicious, nettle tea is reputed to help combat several
ailments, including eczema, asthma, hay fever and muscle aches. Just
steep a few fresh tips in boiling water, removing them when the water
goes slightly green, to avoid bitterness.
Nettles are a magnet for beneficial wildlife, they can be made into
great plant food and are a surprisingly versatile ingredient in the
You can easily use nettles in many ways...
Reviving nettle tea
Nettle liquid feed
Treat prostate symptoms
Lower blood pressure
Aid blood sugar control
Nettle likes a partly shady spot, we plant it under our citrus trees for instance. Or plant in a large pot if you want to contain it.
Wear gloves when harvesting, as the "stings" from the plant can ache for a while afterwards!
Organically grown in a recycled or compostable pot.