The humble Nettle often receives ungrateful treatment. Cursed as a weed and shunned for its avenging sting, most people try to avoid it or eradicate it from their gardens. However, their efforts are rarely met with success as even the smallest piece of root can give rise to new shoots. Yet, Nettles have not always been regarded with such disdain. The Romans valued them quite highly, not just for their medicinal powers, but also as a pot herb, and, surprisingly, even for their dreaded stinging power. They used Nettles to flagellate painful arthritic joints, which is said to bring relief to the aching parts. They also prepared a body oil with Nettle tops, which, as they claimed, kept them warm and helped them endure the unbearably cold British winters. Nettles could have kept them warm in a less stinging way, though, had they spun its fibres into some fine, tough yarn and woven this into warm robes and blankets. Nettles yield one of the strongest, most resilient natural plant fibres available. In the age of exploration, all ships of the British fleet were set with sails made of Nettle fibre. Nettle yarn was still much used until the First World War when most military garb was fashioned from it. With the discovery of artificial fibres Nettle yarn fell into disuse - until its recent rediscovery. Today, Nettle is gaining unprecedented new popularity in the natural fibres trade, as it can be grown without the use of massive fertilisers and pesticides. But that is just one of its numerous gifts for which they deserve appreciation.
Please note, traditional herbs can impact different people in different ways if being ingested so please seek advice from a medical professional if unsure how to use or to check interactions with current medications and/or existing health conditions. All suggested uses contained within this product description are done so at the user's risk. Earth Friendly Rocker is not a medical practitioner and makes no medical claims about the efficacy of herbs in medicinal use.