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Yes! But the sting is disarmed when the leaves are dried or cooked.


7 Minute itch anyone? It's hard to believe that this annoying and itchy weed, which is probably growing in your back yard is packed with vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll. 


Nettles are a supreme blood builder, nourishing tonic, and herbal ally for fasting and cleansing. It is one of the best herbs to take daily when you feel tired or depleted. Use nettle greens anywhere you would use spinach or kale.


Stinging nettle is a large, perennial, wild, edible plant that can grow quite tall. Originally from Europe and Asia, this plant has sharp hairs that break easily and can irritate or sting when the plant is touched; however it is a vitamin-rich food source as well as a remedy for various medical conditions.


Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. A powerful detoxifying herb that helps flush the kidneys, reducing excess water retention. It can give energy and vitality – ideal if you suffer from chronic fatigue, have low energy or have a weakened immune system and finally nettles are the perfect tonic for pregnant women. It is rich in vitamin A, K, C and minerals like Calcium and Potassium.


Stinging Nettle is also great for allergies.  Nettle extract has been shown to reduce the inflammation that sparks hay fever symptoms. Part of this mechanism involves blocking histamine receptors and hindering the release of compounds that trigger allergy reactions. One double-blind study found that 57% of the participants reported that their seasonal allergies were significantly reduced with the use of nettle.