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Nettle

Nettle

24 May 2018
Stinging nettle, whose Latin name means 'Urtica' to burn, is from the stinging family. Its homeland is the Mediterranean. It likes temperate climates. It grows easily in almost every region of our country. It is a herbaceous plant that blooms from June to September.

One of the most distinctive features of stinging nettle is that the fine hairs on its leaves irritate the skin when it comes into contact with the skin. Therefore, it is not recommended to touch the leaves with bare hands. Despite this, stinging nettle has gained considerable popularity among various peoples and cultures for centuries due to its health benefits. It is also possible to cook delicious dishes from nettle. Nettle salad with yogurt, which has an important place in Aegean cuisine, is prepared. In some cultures, nettle pastry is cooked just like spinach pie. Its spinach-like leaves are perfect for infusing new flavors with olive oil.

There is no clear information about when stinging nettle was used for the first time in history. Vikings believed that carrying nettle stems gave people strength, courage, and resilience. The Latin Poet Ovidius, who lived in the 1st century BC, talked about the benefits of nettle in his work called “Ars Amatoria”.

From the nettle plant; Nettle tea, nettle oil, nettle extract, nettle shampoo, soap, and cream are produced.

[1] Treatment with Herbs_Prof.Dr.Turhan BAYTOK (p231)
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