Mistaken as weed, ‘Stinging Nettle’ is an important herb plant that grows in wild in Britain, America, and many other countries in the world. Supporting many species of beneficial insects, it provides food to butterflies who thrive and love nettles over other plants.
An important part of the life cycle it plays an important role in pollination of flowers by attracting insects and birds that feed on it. Ladybirds adore nettle and place their eggs over it. Watch the larvae growing and devouring harmful aphids from your herb garden, it is a means to natural pest control.
Because it is easily available in Mother Nature, we tend to ignore this amazing herb. We destroy it thinking it as a weed if we see it growing in backyard. Sadly, many amazing species of plants are fast getting extinct due to our limited knowledge and the rainforests that had brilliant combinations of herbs and plants that are rare and have medicinal properties.
Stinging nettle’s tiny hypodermic needle-like hair injects the body with a tiny dose of formic acid, histamine, acetylcholine, serotonin, and other compounds that itches the skin. However, if you rub nettle juice on the sting, it will eliminate the itching. All these compounds are awesome for allergies. Since ancient days, stinging nettle was used on body parts that were attacked by paralysis, rheumatic arthritis, and areas that were numb to restore the sensitivity.