Date: Fri, 11 Aug 1995 12:32:23 -0500
From: Liz Vose <liz.ERVOSE.MV.COM>
Subject: We discovered Stinging Nettle

Yesterday, my husband and I were doing some weeding in my little herb garden and discovered a new plant. Unfortunately, my hands did not enjoy my discovery at all. I found the plant listed in my herb books after the *stinging* had subsided a bit on my hands. It seems to be listed as a very beneficial herb but it was decided that we could live without it. My husband put on some rubber gloves and took it on a very long trip into the woods. I don't think I will miss it.

From: Deb Phillips <ARmidwife.AOL.COM>

As I am reading this I was already sitting here with a cup of Nettles tea. I really enjoy this dark tea. I drink several cups a day.

Today's Herbal Health states,

"Nettle is one of the most useful of all plants according to folks of the old world in Europe. They have learned this from centuieis of experience. I has been said that 'the sting of the Nettle is but nothing compared to the pains that it heals.' The plant contains alkaloids that neutralize uric acid which help in rheumatism. It is rich in iron which is vital in circulation and helpful in high blood prssure. The tannin in the root has been used as an astringent enema to shrink hemorrhoids and reduce excess menstrual flow.

Nettle is so rich in chlorophyll that the English used it to make the green dye used in WWII as camouflage paint. It is rich in iron, silicon, and Potassium. It is rich iin vitamins A and C. It contians a high content of protein. It also contains v. E, F. and P, calcium, sulphur sodium, copper, manganese, chromium and zinc. It contains first class calcium and vit. D."

It aids the kidneys, increases fertility in men and women, eases leg cramps and other muscle spasms, diminishes pain during and after birth, prevents hemorrhage after birth and reduces hemorrhoids and increases the richness and amount of breast milk.

And tastes good too.