STINGING NETTLE (Urtica Diocia)

Growing conditions: It grows abundantly in far too many places! It flourishes throughout Britain, Europe, most of Asia, North America, South Africa and Japan. It grows in river valleys, mountainsides, and almost every farmyard, hedgerow, roadside, wood, churchyard, ruined buildings and patch of waste grounds.

Growing Period: It flowers from May to October but should be picked by the beginning of May as leaves become hard and bitter in taste during summer. The best time to collect them is when the shoots are just a few centimetres long.

Nettle contains iron, formic acid, ammonia, silicic acid and histamine.

It’s known for having properties to relieve symptoms of rheumatism, sciatica, increase the haemoglobin in the blood and improve circulation. It’s Also known to lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

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