Stinging nettle (U. dioica) young shoots and tender top leaves can be gathered (using gloves) and dried for a potherb. Boiling the nettle destroys the irritant quality.
Medicine: Root and
Medicine: Root and boiled leaf decoctions were used to sooth symptoms of rheumatism. A nettle tea helped clear the lungs.
Technology: Stinging nettle plants are used to produce a tan dye. Fibers from the Slender nettle (U. gracilis) plant are used in making string. Fibers from the False Nettle (Urticastrum divaricatum) plant (that does not have stinging spines) are also used in making string.
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