Stinging Nettle is one of the nine herbs mentioned in an Anglo-Saxon charm recorded in a 10th century manuscript called The Lanunga. The charm is intended to be an antidote to poison and to heal infection.
Nettle it is called, it drives out the hostile one, it casts out poison. This is the herb that fought against the snake, it has power against poison, it has power against infection, it has power against the loathsome foe roving through the land.
Nettle is incredibly mineral rich, it is a plant that goes way back into our ancestry. In Europe, people ate the young shoots of the nettle plant for a revitalizing springtime tonic when there wasn’t much else around to eat. They also made infusions to assist milk production of pregnant and lactating women and livestock. They also used the leaves to create green, black, and yellow dyes from in times of war and they would use those dyes to help camouflage themselves.