If we have spotted a space where the nettle grows without being exposed to chemical fumigations from nearby crops, we can use these plants. Otherwise, we must value growing it at home. Since it is one of the plants that is most beneficial to health, it has been used from the root to the flowers, passing through the stems and leaves. To protect us from their "bites", we only have to collect them with gloves. As soon as they are scalded, the stinging stops.
It is a food with the same amount of protein as meat, in addition to Vitamin A, group B, C, E, iron, magnesium or zinc. In the kitchen, we can use it just like any other vegetable, in salads, soups, purees, omelettes or shakes.
Its healing properties benefit the whole body:
Taking a cup of infusion, on a daily basis, fights diseases caused by viruses and bacteria.It avoids hair loss; by washing the hair with fresh nettle and nettle roots, we restore its growth again.A blood cleansing can be done by taking two daily infusions of nettle for a month, and it also facilitates red blood cells production. This therapy is recommended in spring and autumn.
In infusion, it is used to prevent obesity, diabetes, eczema, itching, headache, anemia, kidney sand, liver and spleen diseases, colds, convulsions, stomach and intestinal ulcers, lung diseases, fluid retention, allergies, gout, rheumatism, sciatica, lumbago or neuritis It is also an antihistaminic.
To aged people -who are often prone to fatigue and exhaustion due to lack of iron- nettle is their ally.It stimulates the pancreas and bowel movement and, in addition, it also prevents cancer.
INFUSION: 2 grs. (one teaspoon) of dry leaf in 250 ml of water. Do not boil water, just blanch, cover and let it sit for 5 minutes, strain and sip.
USE IT AS PESTICIDE: put a large quantity of nettles in a drum, cover it with water and let it macerate for several months, strain and use to spray the plants you want to protect from insects.