Gender: Masculine / Planet: Mars / Element: Fire / Deity: Thor / Part used: Herb / Basic Powers: Protection, Exorcism, Healing, lust.
Nettles can grow easily to several feet or more in height. They have small attractive purple flowers, but are most most offensive to the skin, causing itching and redness. They are rich in vitamins and iron, and very useful in maintaining nourishment and good health.
Magical Uses – Sprinkle the herb around the room to protect or to add to protection sachets. Burn during exorcism ceremonies.
Lore – Albertus Magnus tells us that combining Nettles with Houseleek and making an oil or infusion to bathe one’s hand in is a certain way of attracting fish (the fish are said to swim eagerly to such a hand.
Remedial – The high vitamin content makes Nettles one of the better tonics of the herb kingdom although care must be taken in the gathering. Nettles are also used as a haemostat, stopping bleeding.In the past times they were ground to a fine powder and used as a snuff to stop nosebleeds. Drinking a strong infusion in another means of stopping bleeding. Nettles are affective in treating a cold before it matures, catching it in the stage of chills, runny nose, and general discomfort. Taken as a tonic-tea. Nettles work wonders in restoring health. The leaves are sometimes eaten as a cooked green, as this is said to improve one’s complexion and circulation. A decoction of Nettles will cleanse the circulatory system. The leaves may be used to clear the lungs and chest of phlegm.
Please consult a Physician before use or consuming
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