NETTLE (UTRICA DIOICA) and EUROPEAN DODDER
ABOUT NETTLE (UTRICA DIOICA)
If you think that only market may provide you with all greenery for your favorite salads, you are mistaken. You can find and gather many eatable and beneficial herbs like nettle, goutweed leaves, chickweed, sorrel on the meadows and fields. Nettle is particularly valuable.
HOW TO USE NETTLE
It contains a number of vitamins, which we all need after a long winter. Nettle contains vitamins like K, C, A, B, pantothenic acid, formic acid, which is allocated by nettle leaves and causes the effect of urticaria. Nettle accelerates blood clotting, so it is used for various bleedings. Since ancient times, people have noticed that the fish wrapped in nettle, does not spoil. The nettle herb is also used for the treatment of wounds. Nettle strengthens hair and is a nice remedy for moisturizing hair. Rinsing dark hair with Nettle will make it more dark. People over 60 years old should be careful using Nettle internally. Usage of nettle can lead to “thickening” of the blood.
ABOUT EUROPEAN DODDER
You can find another plant along with the nettle. It’s European dodder or greater dodder (Cuscuta europaea). This plant parasites on the nettle starting to grow out of the ground, criss-crossing the stem, then it sticks and begins to live only due to the host plant. In parasitic “embrace” of dodder, nettle loses obesity, stops allocate formic acid and loses its prickliness.
HOW TO USE EUROPEAN DODDER
Dodder gives abundant offspring of seeds, which are very salubrious. Its seeds are used to eliminate senile impotence, enhance potency, in the treatment of inflammation of the gallbladder and the dissolution of gallstones. Dodder can be found in nettles along the river banks and river islands. Seeds ripen commonly in late July.
TINCTURES, REMEDIES and RECIPES from EUROPEAN DODDER
Take 4 grams of seeds (with water) per day.