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Stinging Nettle Plants

Updated on April 28, 2012

Painful Discovery!

I was cleaning up the backyard of my then new home after a bitter winter when discovered this plant. Though spring had just arrived there were plenty of weeds already taking over some areas. As I was pulling weeds around the back fence near the woods I was stricken with the most god-awful burning on my hands! Like nothing ever before! I ran into the house and washed my hands but it was fruitless. I tried rinsing for several minutes in cold water and used some antiseptic cream to get some relief. Whew! That was crazy, and I had to find out what the hell that was. I took a pair of long handled tweezers and brought a piece to the computer to try to identify this monster plant.

Well, I was successful. It is actually an herb, Urtica Dioica, better known as Stinging Nettle, and around this area it's called "Itchy Weed". I learned that it has medicinal value and is quite popular for home remedies, teas, and foods. I found two great hubs about these details - take a look -

http://hubpages.com/hub/Harvesting-and-Eating-Stinging-Nettle

http://hubpages.com/hub/Stinging-Nettle-Tea-How-Why-You-Should-Make-It

If you would like to have your own plants instead of seeds check the offer below!

Just be very careful handling! I had on cloth gloves, best to use rubber backed gloves.

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      Kaie Arwen 7 years ago

      Ouch........... keep your gloves on Granny! Well, maybe I should follow that advice as well............ I never have my gloves on!

      Thank you for the great information and have a wonderful Easter!

      Kaie

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      GoGranny 7 years ago from Southeastern PA

      Thanks for the comment. Easter was great! Keep those gloves on!

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