Nettle, also known as stinging nettle, is a perennial herb native to Europe, Africa and North America. As the common name implies, the plant is armed with hair-like stingers that inject histamine and other inflammatory chemicals when brushed against.
Nettle leaf has a long history of use as a food crop as it is highly nutritious. The dried leaf is commonly used in herbal tea blends, although it is also frequently encapsulated or tinctured. Nettles are full of iron, vitamin C, and magnesium and assist in blood flow, muscle pain, and circulation.
Note: Take caution, as nettle is a diuretic. Those already taking diuretics, have low blood pressure, have problems with their blood sugar, or are pregnant should avoid use. Nettles can also react with certain medications including, sedatives, lithium, and blood pressure medications.
Magical Uses: Protection, hex breaking, warding, healing, avoiding stress, lust, abundance, courage, healing, binding
Elemental Correspondences: Fire
Planetary Correspondences: Mars
Zodiac Correspondences: Scorpio
Deity Associations: Thor, Loki, Cernunnos, Hades
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