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Wood nettles

I went out to pick nettles today.

I found a huge patch of Wood Nettles a couple days ago. They come up earlier then the type of stinging nettle I usually pick. It is so early the jewelweed I use to kill the sting when I mess up is still tiny and a little hard to see. I picked a good bag full of nettle. I ended up blanching and freezing half and drying half for tea. I am going to to make nettle and ramp soup also depending on time try brewing some nettle beer. If you have never had stinging nettle its a spinach substitute maybe a little sweeter and less slimy. Has a ton of medical uses also, but I just got it to eat and use for tea. It’s my favorite herd tea if you add a little lemon and honey.. I also grabbed fiddle heads.

Notes:

You can use baking soda past on your skin to stop a nettle sting if there is no jewelweed. I think jewelweed works better. Also both only seem to work if you get it fast enough.

Cooking or drying kills the sting, but take care till then.

You can use a burdock leaf as a glove if you forgot yours.

Take young plants 12in and smaller or just the tops.

Check for bugs or spray down, unless you like to eat bugs or need protein 😉

For the medicine cabinet; This is Cleaver or Catchweed. It is easy to ID because it cleaves to you. Gathering a small bottle of leaves takes no time at all and once dried the tea can be used to treat kidney and urinary track infections and inflammation. Though it is known mostly because it is a safe and affective treatment for feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD), I do not know the amounts for treating cats. People also use it for skin ailments, and a couple other things. It is general blood purifier.