Burning nettles has been a popular herb for medicinal purposes since ancient times. It was used by Native Americans for a variety of ailments, both to treat skin disorders and to help with wounds. In Europe, it was often used as a digestive aid and to soothe indigestion and colic. In fact, healing and soothing qualities of nettles have been known since Roman times when doctors sought herbal remedies for various ailments. In recent years, many people have begun growing nettles as a hobby or for profit.
With the use of selective herb growing techniques, anyone can grow attractive plants at home. The process of burning nettle for medicinal uses involves germination of the seeds from underground stems through heat or light. Stinging nettles usually germinate in the fall. These seeds, which are round in shape, are light in color and have very fine hair-like branches that reach the ground during the germination process.
One of the most desirable qualities of this perennial herb is its ability to act as a powerful antiseptic. In addition, burning nettle has an extremely rich root system that is extremely resistant to rust and other harmful environmental factors. Many scientific studies have shown that this plant possesses natural antifungal and antibacterial properties. This characteristic is one of the main reasons why it has been used by Native Americans to cure numerous skin disorders, as well as treat several urinary tract infections. Several reports have also indicated that this plant is extremely effective in treating and preventing the development of cancer cells in humans.
There are several medicinal properties of this perennial herb that make it useful as an anti-inflammatory agent. Scientifically known as caralluma fimbriata, a group of six small nettles called calytoides possess distinct pro-inflammatory actions. When ingested, the calytoides immediate begin attacking pain-generating cells in the human body. Although scientific evidence has not proven any significant medical value for the effects of the calytoides contained in burning nettle, they are known to be highly effective when applied topically.
It’s possible to cultivate burning nettle along with several other types of annuals. While there is some concern about the ability of some varieties of annuals to grow up too quickly, many gardeners find that medium or small nettles do well when planted regularly and in containers. For instance, California poppy (Ureneum Officinale) has flowers that come in spring and bloom for a few months. Meanwhile, Swiss chard (Foenum album) blooms all year long, but appears more reddish than green. The regular planting of medium or small nettles helps them develop their deeper orange shades.
Broadleaf weeds like ryegrass, meadow grass, Chinese cabbage, and creeping Charlie are often troublesome for gardeners, especially when they invade the plant’s root system. The best defense against these unwelcome plants is to prune them frequently, removing their main growing point and replacing it with new growth of broadleaf weeds, such as the common broadleaf weed or the common burning nettle. Pruning may also help to prevent the emergence of scarlet cleaner or the blue-green bug, which has been known to hitchhike up and over stoloniferous bushes.
Many gardeners wonder why broadleaf weeds are so bothered by burning nettle. The common response is that burning nettle affects the stinging hairs, causing them to become coated or scarred in a red or orange hue. However, recent studies have shown that this is not the case. In fact, burning nettle has a significant nonstinging effect on the two types of pollen pollen commonly found on many plants: pollen from the Carp and the wax ester resin known as resins. If, however, you do happen to find your garden teeming with these troublesome plants, the best remedy is probably to pull them out by hand and let them lie until the next season’s seeds germinate and then pluck them.
Failing that, there is a safe and easy way to rid your garden of burning nettle. The small nettle plant, Urtica urens, is an inexpensive and easy way to control your weeds problem. The small nettles grow in thick clumps and can be easily uprooted. In addition to eliminating the burning plant, this method will deter other unwanted annuals and perennials from taking up residence in your garden. Although it may take some time and patience, using this method to control your weeds is a safe and effective way to help keep your garden free of burning nettle.