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The Nine Blossoms of Blodeuwedd: Nettle

April 18, 2011

Nettle

Image Credit: Henriette Kress

In Norse mythology Thor the god of thunder is often represented by nettles and burning them on the fire will protect you from his lightening during thunderstorms. Also in Norse mythology Loki, the trickster god,  spun fishing nets out of nettles. Actually a very good string can be made out of nettles and nettle string had many uses in the ancient world.

Stinging Nettle Flower Essence

Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) – Support for coming out of the fog of living in a way that can’t support our true Being. Aids in making clear choices especially about changing your relationship to toxic situations.

Medicinal, Food & Wildlife Qualities:

Stinging nettle is a common perennial herb to 8 feet found on moist forest edges, meadows and disturbed sites with rich soil. Hollow hairs on the leaves and stems inject folic acid into the skin, causing a stinging sensation. A valuable plant to humans for food, medicine and materials:  Harvest young leaves and tender stems (wear gloves) in Spring. They are high in vitamin A, B, C, K, calcium, potassium, iron and many trace minerals and can be eaten when steamed, sauted, added to soups or stews. Do not eat raw. Tea of dried leaves and root or a tincture are used for menopause symptoms, blood building, hay fever, allergies, urinary tract infections, strengthening kidneys and nourishing the nervous system. Compresses or creams of stinging nettle can treat joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites. Historically, the late season fibrous stems were used in making strong cord for use in basketry, ropes and fishing nets.

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Symptom:

Use Stinging Nettle Flower Essence when you lack the ability to recognize  an unhealthy, toxic or abusive situation. You may feel angry, powerless and incapable of changing the situation.  As your body responds to these feelings, it may manifest physical imbalances such as allergies, tiredness, foggy unclear thinking, a weakened immune system, arthritis and other joint issues, to name a few.

Action:

Stinging Nettle Flower Essence helps to clear your thinking so you can see and respond to unhealthy, toxic or abusive situations more appropriately. This can be on any level – a relationship that no longer serves you, negative thinking about yourself and your life,  addictive habits – anything that does not support your true being. Stinging Nettle Flower Essence may help with menopause systems if they are being fed by the above situation.  [Sourced at  Tree Frog Farm]

Further Reading:

The Stinging Nettle ~ A paradoxical Green Goddess ~ Odinic Rite Guardians

Radical Detoxification ~ Reclaiming the Wild Soul

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