Habitat: Common along side roads paths and waterways where there is high sun.
Description: Leaves and stems of the Stinging Nettle have hairs that cause a strong stinging sensation when touched. Leaves are opposite with toothed margins. Spikes of small, green flowers grow from leaf axils. Plants are 3 to 5 feet tall and grow in moist areas along streams and ditches.
Dangers: Small hairlike thorns contain a small drop of acid which will cause some discomfort to the skin and severe discomfort if consumed without popper preparation.
Preparation: See Video - Can be used for a high protein meal, tea and cordage.
Medicinal Value: Can be used to detoxify the body. Contains high iron and Vitamin C which will stimulate red blood cell production. If rubbed on the body allowing the acid to penetrate the skin, it can be effective against various inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or chronic muscle pain.