stinging nettle

Get Rid of Nettle Stings Naturally

Bumping into a stinging nettle plant can be excruciating. The small spines filled with a toxin easily penetrate the skin and cause agonizing pain that spreads into a  stinging nettle rash that itches and burns. Stinging nettle has bright or dark green leaves that are heart-shaped and toothed on a squarish stem. If it has flowers they are often small and green and it grows to be between three and six feet tall. They are most often found near moist soil.

Did you know that the Native Americans discovered many benefits of stinging nettle? They even used the fibrous stems to weave together baskets and ropes! Stinging nettle is found all through the United States, Canada and much of the world, but once you learn how to handle and prevent stings you too can benefit from stinging nettle. Stinging nettle tea is a great health option. The leaves are harvested and dried, then ground into a tea that helps purify the blood, alleviate mucus congestion, water retention, and diarrhea. It’s even believed to help stimulate milk production in women struggling to lactate and digestion in people with digestive problems. If you use a stinging nettle teabag on your joints it’s said to reduce inflammation from arthritis, plus it can clear up acne and eczema and even promote healing of burns.

If you bump into a stinging nettle and suffer the rash use these simple home treatments to help overcome the sting so you can enjoy stinging nettle benefits.

How can I prevent Nettle Stings?

The best way to avoid being stung by a nettle is to avoid the plant altogether. If you do have to approach it wear protective gear like gloves. The leaves are harmless, it’s the stems with their small thorns you want to watch out for.

What are the symptoms of Nettle Stings?

  • Itching
  • Redness
  • Stinging
  • Burning
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Rash

If you have more serious symptoms like such as:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

Seek medical attention immediately.

How Do I Treat Nettle Stings?

  • Rub aloe vera gel on the rash or burn. It will soothe it away and you should experience almost immediate relief.
  • Make a baking soda paste. It will help draw out the toxins that are causing the stinging.
  • If you see nettles in your skin, carefully place a piece of adhesive tape over them and then pull it off. The nettles should come easily and painlessly out of the skin.
  • Find a dock plant and use the leaves on a nettle sting or burn. These plants usually grow near nettles and have large leaves and a thick stem.
  • Make a poultice of mud. Rub it onto the injured area and let dry, then brush off. It should remove the sting and any nettles.
  • Don’t scratch! Scratching will move the nettles from one area to another and only make the stinging worse.
  • Soap and water often help to remove the nettles and the toxins simply and easily.
  • Vinegar helps to neutralize the toxin.
  • Find some jewelweed and make a poultice from it. It is incredibly effective for removing the sting, burning and rash of stinging nettle.
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