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Nettle (aka stinging nettle) is a common botanical, native to Africa and western Asia. It has since become naturalized across the globe and can be found wild in many parts of the world. It grows in temperate climates, preferring shady regions with moist soil. Stinging hairs cover the live plant, helping to protect it from predation. When touched, the hairs cause stinging welts due to the content of formic acid. While the stings can be painful, they don't last long and rarely cause serious harm.
After being picked, the acid deteriorates quickly and the stinging hairs begin losing potency within minutes. The harvested leaves are a favorite source of medicine and have also been used for centuries for food and fabric. The healing powers of nettle are well steeped in the folklore and traditions of various cultures.
Qualities: Nettle is considered a very nourishing herb, healing both internally and externally, supportive of women's health and fertility, naturally detoxifying, and much, much more. The leaves offer a long list of essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium and many other nutritive components including formic acid, histamine, serotonin, choline, minerals, chlorophyll, amino acids, lecithin, carotenoids, flavonoids, sterols, tannins, and vitamins.
Common use: The leaves, commonly eaten steamed, steeped as a tea, takes as an extract, or encapsulated.
Storage: Store in a cool, dark, dry place in an airtight container.
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