N is for Nettle:
This herb is a powerhouse both culinary as well as medicinal, that is often overlooked by the general public. Nettles, or stinging nettles should be pre-cooked, unless you use them as a tea, and be handled with gloves at all times. The younger the leaves, the more tender the result, which will be similar to that of spinach.
Matches well with: cheese, cream, tomatoes, eggs and onions
Healing Properties: In Germany, this herb is valued highly for its healing powers, sold there as an herbal drug to aid in the relief of rheumatoid arthritis. Its power lies also in relieving symptoms of allergies, without all of the side effects that standard medication brings with it. External uses include skin problems, gout, neuralgia, and hair problems. I drink this tea personally to prevent symptoms of my chronic anemia.
Magical properties: strengthens willpower. If sprinkled around the home, it wards off negativity.
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You’re right it is a powerhouse. Never tried it in any form although I knew people who made nettle wine.