Also known as Stinging Nettles, and for good reason. Nettles contain hundreds of hollow needles that inject histamine that causes a stinging sensation when it comes in contact with your skin. Wear gloves when handling raw nettles. Cooking nettles removes the stinging chemicals from the plant.
Cooked nettles are similar in flavor to spinach and can be used in pastas, soups, sauces and as a vegetable component.
Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate (called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), for urinary tract infections, for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.