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Stinging Nettle (Urtlca dioica and urens)
Smokh   In herbal medicine Stinging Nettle tea drunk during a 4 week period, is used for liver, gallbladder and spleen disorders, even for a tumour in the spleen, for stomach cramps and ulcers, ulcers in the intestines, congestion of the lungs or stomach and lung disorders. Do not boil the tea, it would destroy valuable substances. Drink 1 cup a day all year round as a prophylactic. It is also beneficial for viral diseases and bacterial excretions. From a certain age on the body has less available iron and there are symptoms of fatigue and exhaustion. The Stinging Nettle with its iron content is used with great success and after a period of used energy.
The stinging nettle is like a rough and gruff fellow with a kind heart who would, in case of need, save his neighbour's life at the sacrifice of his own.
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Why has God endowed this plant with fire?
First, so that it can be recognized. I have met many city-folks whose knowledge of plants is confined to the stinging nettle, but who know a great deal of laces, fringes, corsets and perfumery.
Secondly, so that this plant be not exterminated by animals. For, from the young steer to the last snail, they would all nibble and eat of it, as it would seem to them as the finest chocolate. Its fire is a sign of 'no trespassings’ which every goat is able to read.
Everything belonging to this plant is of use, from the roots to the seeds. The roots boiled in vinegar is the best hair-tonic. The portion of the herb above ground cleanses lungs, stomach, intestines, and when used for a lengthy period, infallibly cures all ulcers of the stomach and the intestines. It is prepared with plantain, juniper and thyme (well boiled) and taken warm, (a sip often during the day).
The stinging-nettle is, the same as juniper, the best medicine for cattle; the animals are very fond of it, when it is dried; it cleanses stomach and intestines of all persistent substances. When boiled green it is an excellent means of keeping pigs healthy.
External use of the stinging-nettle is not very popular. I know people, however, who, when attacked by rheumatism, chastise the aching parts with stinging-nettle and always find relief. The stinging-nettle is a picture of sensitive, irritable human beings and, like them, must be taken hold of with kid gloves.