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stinging nettle flowers

By ZoeKemp    
These pretty white flowers are found in stinging nettles in Uk . they where found in the wooded and field areas in grassland. the leaves are what give you a sting. a dock leaf will ease the sting if you are ever stung. they are usually bigger leafed and found growing near stinging nettles.
Nettles are rich in vitamin C. They help increase red blood cell count by improving circulation.
The nettle's sting is completely removed when cooked.
If pound well with mortar and pestle leaves can be eaten raw.
The string is meant to be effective in counteracting arthritis and rheumatism. Tender young leaves on top are best. Also wear a good pair of rubber gloves when collecting them to avoid being stung.
You use the same way as you would spinach. Make a tea or soup. Eat in a omelette.
Our old dog used to eat them ,they helped his arthritis so if your dog is eating them as well ,they may well have arthritis or rheumatism, he naturally ate them . so I did some research to find out why.

Tags: General Trees Close-up and macro Macro close-up Flowers and amp plant

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boov 5 2 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 10:40AM
Great shot this...

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12 Jun 2013 10:47AM
Such a pretty flower for such a horrid plant, I always get stung when out riding my bike, they seem to reach out and grab me. Anyway a great image, well captured.

Ayoob 7 Australia
12 Jun 2013 11:23AM
Excellent. ....Grin
Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
12 Jun 2013 12:43PM
I will have to look and see if our stinging nettles here also have such pretty flowers !!
ZoeKemp 5 31 England
12 Jun 2013 1:01PM
Post a photo Herman Smile Smile
thanks for the lovely comments. And votes everyone. They mean a lot .
I was trying to help this hated plant look much better Smile Smile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
12 Jun 2013 1:55PM
Close enough to get stung here, Zoe GrinGrin

ZoeKemp 5 31 England
12 Jun 2013 1:56PM
Lol I did Dave. Lucky for me there was a number of dock leaves about Smile Smile Smile
ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2013 3:30PM
Lovely capture,

Ali Grin
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6 5.2k 8 United Kingdom
13 Jun 2013 10:35PM
Nice to see this very useful and beautiful plant. Many butterflies depend on it.Smile

ZoeKemp 5 31 England
13 Jun 2013 10:37PM
So do bees Ivor Smile Smile I like to have a few in my wild flower bed in my garden.

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