Growing nettle

Nettle cultivation goes back to the past, and today it is a widespread plant worldwide. It thrives especially on rich and moist soil. Its name comes from the Latin name "uro" which means "bake me".

It was often used by Roman soldiers to rub parts of their bodies to warm themselves and stimulate circulation. Nettles have also been used to make fabric for many years in the past, and so have been used to make sheets and tablecloths. It was on the list of plants that were sprouting on their own. Before WWII, very large quantities of nettle were exported to the United Kingdom. The dark green color obtained from nettle during World War II was used as camouflage to soldiers, and the chlorophyllil from nettle was used to experiment with drugs.

Nettle healing

It is used for many medicinal purposes. It has an extraordinary power to cleanse the body of toxins so it is often used in detox chickens because it acts as a diuretic. It is also useful for internal bleeding, helps with hemorrhoids and is a natural laxative. It is very effective in treating all skin diseases. Because it is a great source of minerals, especially iron, it is used to strengthen the body and suppress anemia or anemia. In addition, it contains large amounts of Vitamin C, which is essential for the absorption of iron to cells.

Growing nettle

Nettle seeds are sown in the spring, and you can plant now and the developed root of the nettle if you have it. Nettle is often considered a weed, in those who are unfamiliar with its positive sides and purpose. Gardeners cut it so often, and they don't even know that having nettle in the garden has many positive effects. It attracts bugs and butterflies, and caterpillars are great food. It is not demanding for cultivation and any soil will be suitable for it. It is useful to leave a corner of the garden area for this medicinal plant.

Disease protection

It does not suffer from any pests or pests.

Nettle maintenance

In the spring, the nettle is sown and the plants that have grown have been distributed. In the summer, evaluate whether the nettles should be pruned a little, depending on whether they have expanded significantly. It is necessary to cut the nettles all the way to the ground in the autumn, while in the winter you will have no business with the nettle because it is a very resistant plant.

Harvesting nettles

Nettle is harvested in early spring by removing leaves and used in the kitchen as a vegetable, for tea, or in many beauty preparations. Make sure you only pick young and fresh leaves and when picking your hands, you should protect them with gloves so that they do not get burned.

Nettle in the kitchen

Nettle is a medicinal plant rich in minerals and vitamins and is therefore indispensable in the kitchen. Use it so that you use fresh or dried to make a delicious and medicinal tea, or you can brew it and prepare it like spinach sauce. Also, it is excellent as a soup that will strengthen and fill your body with nutrients.

Nettle cultivation is also very important for other purposes. Its stems give a green color to the wool. They are useful for treating lice, so nettles can be sprayed to control them. You can easily make it at home by pouring a bucket of harvested nettle with water and leaving it for about ten days.

It is also used for cosmetic purposes for hair beauty. It suppresses dandruff and prevents hair loss, and conditioners that have a nettle ingredient inside will make the hair soft and shiny. Prepare your conditioner yourself and rinse your hair after washing or combing every other day. Boil two large stems of nettle in a liter of water for 15 minutes and then strain. Your home regenerator is ready to use!

Do not eat nettle raw as it could damage the kidneys and lead to poisoning. It is very important to cook well in order to be safe to use. Do not forget the gloves as the nettle plants bake very well.

Author: M.L., Photo: MPF / Wikimedia

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