Nettle is a part of the nettle family and is more valuable than we often realize. Nettles are incredibly nutritious and can be eaten in a variety of ways.
Historically, nettles have been used as a medicinal plant for the treatment of influenza, to facilitate digestion, and as a diuretic. This versatile plant can be transformed into a variety of flavorful dishes and beverages, such as soup, green smoothies, nettle ice cream, and tea. If desired, one can even substitute tobacco with dried nettles for a more herbal and healthy experience.
Nettles continue to be popular for their health benefits. They are rich in vitamins such as c, b, and k, as well as minerals like potassium, silica, iron, and magnesium. Many associate nettles with the burning sensation they provide upon contact, but they offer so much more than that. There are even claims that nettles can counteract hair loss.
In addition to being nutritious, nettles also help to strengthen the immune system and improve digestion, especially when consumed as tea.
If you happen to get stung by nettles, you can alleviate the discomfort by rinsing the affected area under cold, running water for a few minutes. Afterward, you can apply a cooling balm for further relief.