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post #1 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 06:05 AM Thread Starter
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Stinging Nettle??

Okay I had a kinda scare with them, I saw them in my friends ponys paddock and got kinda worried, i had never seen them before so I went over to them and took a pic and accidently touched it and by golly it hurt for a bit it fel t like an ant bite. So of course when I got home googled it :P and I came across some sites that said it was beneficial???? Could anyone enlighten me to this fact
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post #2 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 07:55 AM
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Beneficial/????? I had to clear out a bunch of weeds this last weekend and they are all over in there. So wouldnt ya know it, got stung. Feels so nice! :) Here's a fun fact: they sting! And it hurts and itches! I havent looked up why they would be beneficial so I dont know.
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post #3 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 10:56 AM
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All three of my horses stuck there noses in stinging nettle (monkey see, monkey do, I swear). They had some irritation for a day or two, but some ointment on those cute noses cleared it right up. The worst was my mare though, she then went and rubbed her nose so it got even more irritated and scabbed over. My guess was that they where all grazing in the same area and ran into a patch. Ouch! I bumped into it once, thought I had found a bee hive.

Nettles especially love poultry dropping soil, the place where I keep my horses has quite a few chickens Nettles are apparently used in making fertilizer or something along those lines. The ones here seem especially nasty. I got stung by a wasp and first I thought it was nettles!

Wait! I'll fix it....
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post #4 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 11:03 AM
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Grrr, I hate them!

Went trail riding 2 weekends ago and we got into a huge patch of them.

Not only did we 3 riders get stung and ripped apart multiple times, so did our horses. Ugh!

You can eat stinging nettle leaves. They're supposed to be very nutritious when put in soup.
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post #5 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 01:07 PM
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Im curious as to where you live that you dont have nettles i thought everywhere had them???

Nettle soup is very good for you and nettle tea

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post #6 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 02:17 PM
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The only benefit I can think of is, your getting excerise when your out trying to get rid of them.
They bite, hurt, and sometimes hard to kill, so I cant see them being more benefical to leave them and let them bite me, I have more benefit not worrying about being out in flipflops and getting bit by them.
Yes, I wear my flipflops in the pasture, just be glad I'm not barefoot. I'm a farm girl and wore shoes when I had to school and church.
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post #7 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 04:24 PM
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my silly horse loves to eat nettles, he thinks their delicious. Weirdo. Fun fact: if you have bracken ferns with spores on the underside of the leaves you can rub the spores on stinging nettle stings and it takes the itch and burn right out of them!
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post #8 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 04:52 PM
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Wealden Times | Food & Drink | Stinging nettles

I guess we must be a weird area. If we have nettles, I have never seen them in 20 years of riding every trail and pasture within about 15 miles of my house. I don't even think we have poison ivy/oak around here either .

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post #9 of 15 Old 09-21-2010, 05:06 PM
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smrobs, I guess you're lucky.

Not only do we have stinging nettles, but we have bull thistles, poison oak and poison ivy.
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post #10 of 15 Old 09-22-2010, 12:00 AM
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my silly horse loves to eat nettles, he thinks their delicious. Weirdo. Fun fact: if you have bracken ferns with spores on the underside of the leaves you can rub the spores on stinging nettle stings and it takes the itch and burn right out of them!
I am definitely going to use that trick!!! You rule!
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