HERB OF THE WEEK: NETTLE!
By Angie "Oriana" Jenkins, B.A., Wolfville's Belly Dancing Herbalist
(or "stinging nettle" as it is also known) is popping out of the ground
& wants you to celebrate spring! Though its stings may be
intimidating to some, nettle is an amazing plant which can be used as a
food, medicine, cosmetic, & material fibre. When harvesting &
handling the plant, be sure to wear protective gloves. If you happen
to get stung regardless, look nearby for Yellow Dock leaves.
WILD SPRING HERBS
Here is a list of wild herbs to start looking for very soon!
*Flowers will appear first, followed by leaves later on in the season (hence one of its names, Son-Before-the- Father"),
*Is a wonderful medicine for the lungs
*Very recognizable to most
*The root is a potent liver tonic while the leaves are great for the kidneys
*The flowers are used to make dandelion wine
*Contains silica which is known to be the beauty mineral for hair, skin, & nails