posted on Sep, 7 2009 @ 03:25 PM
Stinging Nettles are a good way to keep the vine fretter (plant louse) population down, as they harbor butterflies, and ladybugs.
If you soak 1kg of them in a Liter of water for 24h, you can spray the result onto your plants as an insect-deterrent (the friendlier, nicer cousin of
the insecticide). Might have to spray for a couple of days against lice. Works fine against cotton rust (Puccinia Malvacearum).
If boiled they make a tasty salad (also dandylions+leaves) or can be served similar to spinach.
Nettles can be used as fertilizer:
Mix finely cut nettle leaves with limestone (inhibits smell, adds minerals) in a large bucket (ferments with loads of frothing action).
Stir frequently to facilitate oxygen supply.
The fermentation is complete, when the broth has cleared up.
Dilute the broth 1:10 and water your plants with it.
Nettle-Vinegar: (against dandruff)
Clean and chop up nettle roots and place together with a strong wine-vinegar (quality is key) into a bottle.
Seal it airtight (use wax or something).
Leave in a well lit place for 3-4 weeks (e.g. window sill).
Apply and rub into the scalp. Can also be supplemented by drinking 1 teaspoon.
Nettle-Tea: (arthritis, gout, cough-suppressant, to release phlegm, and to pee better)
Use either dried, or fresh leaves.
1 Teaspoon nettle per 1 cup.
Boil water, pour over nettles, and let it seep covered for 5min.
Filter and drink slowly.
Nettle-treatments should be used for about two weeks.
Goes to show you that weeds should not be under-estimated!
Stinging nettles will grow darn near anywhere.
Another good insect-repellent: Nut tree (though ants don't mind)