|Posted by barb on September 25, 2014 at 12:40 AM|
Ouch, what the heck was that!! Allow me to introduce you to Nettle…Stinging Nettle! (urtica dioica)
I will never forget my introduction. There was a tall green leafy ‘weed’ which had made its way up from beneath the deck. It was a part of the deck that had been cut out to make way for a tree that had been growing. So, I got down on my knees, and reached into the hole to put my hand down to the base of the plant…you know, so I could get the root. Swiftly picked and tossed, suddenly a burning on the palm of my hand and several places on my inside forearm occurred. I had no idea there was even such a plant. In a panic I ran into the house and put my arm under the tap and began ferociously rubbing it off….which doesn’t work by the way. For some time I was worried and then things settled. It wasn’t until my Herb course that I learned about the most wonderful Nettle plant.
So why does Earth and Skin Company use it? Nettle Root is rich in formic acid. For our hair and scalp it promotes thicker, fuller hair growth. It oxygenates hair follicles, removes excess sebum, and fortifies hair fibres. It provides softening, manageability, and body, while also providing oil control.
And this is just one of its many properties and health benefits. The list goes on and on, inside and out! So, although I won’t douse myself in her, she can burn me any day!!