Stinging nettles are amazing and vital habitats and also a wonderful food source and medicine for us!

    Nettles support more than 40 species of insects, including small tortoiseshell, peacock, comma and red admiral butterflies and because of this also supply food for birds, frogs and many more larger species. Please leave patches in your garden wherever possible.

    If you do trim them a bit you can also make a great organic fertiliser from them and of course enjoy them in stews and soups as they are delicious and a good source of calcium, magnesium and iron.

    Ancient civilizations have used nettles as a potent anti inflammatory and particular for rheumatoid arthritis. Some recent studies seem to back this up.
    ‘It is not known why the nettles work, but they contain serotonin and histamine, both of which are neurotransmitters, and might affect pain perception and transmission at the nerve endings.’

    Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/771563.stm
    Stinging nettles are a winner, look at them differently today!

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