Nettles
 

  Be Nice to Nettles Week
  a CONE initiative
Nettles
 
“Stinging nettles give us an insight into both the capacity for nature to flourish even in some of the hardest urban conditions, and how plants are essential in providing us with some of the neccessities of life.

Not only do they provide excellent food for some butterflies and moths, but we can make tea from their leaves, use them as dyes, and once stung we will never forget their power to protect - as good a piece of environmental education as any.”

Mathew Frith
Urban Advisor, English Nature

 

 
 
 

Nettles and People

Until the latter half of the 20th Century the nettle was regarded as a most useful plant. And just as the nettle has exploited mankind by colonising their waste areas, mankind has exploited the nettle using it for food, clothing and remedies.

Even today there is much research into the medicinal use of the nettle.

Nettles as foodNettles as food
Soups, stews, teas and all!
Nettles as medicineNettles as medicine
Treatments involving nettles, past and present.
Nettles as clothingNettles as clothing
Yes you can wear them too!
Nettles in the gardenNettles in the garden
Learn how to put nettles to good use in the garden.

 

 
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Did you know?
Native American braves would flog themselves with nettles to keep themselves awake while on watch.
 
 
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