Art by: Stasia Burrington
One of the interesting thing I learned in my herbal studies is the use of stinging nettle to soothe a nettle sting.
Isn't it an amazing thing that the very plant that creates the ailment is also effective in treating the ailment?
All you need to do is steep a tea for 15-30 minuets, pour yourself a cup to drink (why not, when the tea is already there? and use the remainder to soak a cloth and apply it to the sting.
The effect is very quick and this has become a bit of a tradition for me now each year when I harvest.
Another wonderful and instantly effective herb is plantain. Crush the leaves and squeeze the juice on (you can chew it up if that is easier than crushing it by hand) or make a tea compress.
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