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Post: #1156 Andy Hamilton
Sat Feb 26, 2005 2:24 pm

Just been doing a bit of research for herb of the month and found that there is going to be a national nettle week in may. So that is herb of the month sorted for may http://www.nettles.org.uk/ any suggestions of what to write about?
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Post: #1175 Wombat
Sun Feb 27, 2005 7:22 am

What they look like ie, how you recognise them - they are supposedly naturalised here, but I can't think that I have ever seen them! :oops:
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Post: #1178 Andy Hamilton
Sun Feb 27, 2005 1:56 pm

have a look at the nettle soup article - http://www.selfsufficientish.com/nettles.htm there is a picture there. I will update that at some point with one that is easier to see. :shock:
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Post: #1239 realwildchild
Thu Mar 03, 2005 8:13 am

Having tried Nettle soup for the first time last year, I would recommend it to everyone!

Have decided that Nettles are fantastic - I can't believe that I used to curse them (although I still get fed up with the roots everywhere :roll: ) They make fantastic soup, can be steamed as a side veg (a little like spinach) they freeze well and make a brilliant organic spray for the growing veg.

Hail to the nettle, thats what I say :cheers:

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Post: #1247 judyofthewoods
Thu Mar 03, 2005 11:21 am

Wellcome, realwildchild. Would you believe it, the first thing I actually planted here was nettles and dandelions.
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Post: #1257 Andy Hamilton
Thu Mar 03, 2005 5:42 pm

judyofthewoods wrote:Wellcome, realwildchild. Would you believe it, the first thing I actually planted here was nettles and dandelions.


I quite like the story you said about nettle leaves and salads Judy, sounds like the sort of thing I would do. :wink:
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Post: #1295 realwildchild
Fri Mar 04, 2005 9:05 am

Hmmm, dandilions. I've never tried these, I've been told that they are quite bitter?

Did you make a nettle salad? :shock: I know that they are supposed to lose their sting an hour or so once picked but I've never been brave enough to put it to the test.

....or is there a more sinister story linked to this? :mrgreen: [/quote]

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Post: #1337 judyofthewoods
Mon Mar 07, 2005 2:15 am

I thought if I ate very young raw nettle leaves they would be fine in a slad, with painful consequences.
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Post: #1354 realwildchild
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:30 pm

ouch! :sad1:

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Post: #1355 realwildchild
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:32 pm

How long did you leave them between picking and eating? I'm sure that I have read that after 2 or 3 hours the sting goes, but have never tried this out to see if it is true.

Has anyone any idea if this is true or not?

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Post: #1357 Andy Hamilton
Tue Mar 08, 2005 12:45 pm

I just did a bit of research myself Lesley Bremness in "the complete book of herbs" list in the nettle uses section "eat in a salad".

The leaves muyst loose their sting once picked in that case I guess. Still after hearing about judy's experience I would be pretty reluctant.
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Post: #1368 Guest
Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:49 pm

I'm sure I read somewhere about the use of nettles to make a hair rinse. Not sure of the method though. Any ideas?

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Tue Mar 08, 2005 5:51 pm

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Post: #1370 Andy Hamilton
Tue Mar 08, 2005 6:56 pm

nettle scalp conditioner

125 g of nettle tops
600 ml water
600 ml cider vinegar
4 drops of rosemary oil

boil nettle tips, vinegar and water for half hour. Cool and strain..
Transfer into a sterilised bottle add the rosemary oil. keep in the fridge and use within a month.

Message into the scalp daily and let it dry naturaly. This is suposed to promote hair growth and conditions the scalp.

I have just bought a book on full of natural body treatments so there should be a page popping up at some point. Will experiment with a few first.
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Post: #1376 judyofthewoods
Tue Mar 08, 2005 10:05 pm

I can assure you, they don't loose their sting after picking! They might be suitable after blanching perhaps, minimum cooking just for the nettles and added to a normal salad.
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