Stinging Nettle is a warrior plant. Even when slightly grazed, it will shock with an intensely sharp, lingering pain. It establishes itself prominently and defensively, yet has powerful detoxifying and restorative properties. Nettles reminds us of the old adage that if medicine is not capable of hurting you, it will not be capable of healing you. We need a little bit of poison in our lives, to transmute it to medicine.
Nettles are a great ally for blood health, adrenals and kidneys. Our adrenal glands control our flight or fight response. Stinging nettle can alleviate the burnout associated with adrenal fatigue often psychologically expressed through anxious, stressed and irritable emotions. As a diuretic, it is a drying herb that cleanses blood and can aid conditions of stagnant circulation, internal bleeding, infection and inflammation. It also contains high amounts of iron.
This abundant pioneer plant can be found growing wild throughout the country (usually in patches), and due to it's feisty nature is very easy to identify. Look for its obvious stinging hairs on the stem. Brewing nettles in water and creating a nettle infusion is a great way to enjoy this herb daily for stamina and health.
Nettle corresponds to the energy of Aries. I believe it is a great ally for everyone, but could have special impact on individuals with prominent Aries or fire energy due to it’s ability to bring down fire in the body and calm the adrenals in folks who might over-do it or be prone to burn out.