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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Wildeye (21 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 095418999X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954189990
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 0.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Piers Warren is a wildlife film-maker and author living in rural Norfolk. He has walked the African plains with Maasai Warriors, tracked tigers in India on elephant-back, explored the Amazon rainforest, swum with sharks, trekked across Tanzanian deserts on a camel and filmed cheetahs hunting in Kenya. But his favourite place is the North Norfolk coast, where he spends his time capturing the flora and fauna on film... and looking for pawprints in the sand.

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I expect your first question is ‘Are there really that many uses for stinging nettles?’ The answer most definitely is yes – and more besides, depending on how you categorise them.

Your second question might be ‘Why on earth write about the uses of stinging nettles?’ Well I have two very good reasons: the first is that from a practical point of view these are uses that you may be able to put to your benefit; the second is that stinging nettles are a good example of the valuable natural resources that surround us, yet are often ignored.

We are becoming aware that disappearing rainforests contain many plants that can be of great use to mankind – in combating disease for example – and let’s hope we are realising this before it is too late. But in our own back yards we also have many useful plants, most of which we think of as weeds and destroy. With our increasingly disposable and environment-damaging lifestyles it is important to value the resources that nature has given us.

Everything has its place in nature, and, even if you don’t end up enjoying a nettle omelette, or gargling nettle juice to ease your sore throat, I hope you will think of nettles with a little more affection and respect after reading this book. Stinging nettles, like wasps, are often thought of as unnecessary evils of the natural world, but they are vital elements of the web of life. If we look into the past we see that our ancestors indeed made much use of stinging nettles (and many other wild plants too) and most of these uses are just as valid today.

Above all, nettles are extremely good for us. They are packed with vitamins, minerals and fibre, and have many healing properties.


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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Leo P. Wirtz on 7 Feb. 2009
Format: Paperback
Although this book does what it said on the tin I had expected a little more detail on some of the uses rather than a brief insert. There is clearly a multitude of uses for this overlooked plant and it would be nice to deconstruct its misconception as a useless and irritating weed; to some extent this book does that but with further explanation our parks and gardens could transform into a treasure trove of potential through one plant alone.

So how did the Egyptians extract oil from nettle seeds for their lamps? I want to do it!!

It does contain some good recipes and a description of how to make cordage but I would buy for reference and maybe not for the practical application.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By John White on 13 July 2009
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I was excited when I saw this book title...a whole book about one of my favourite plants. Sadly, I was disappointed when I read it. The depth of knowledge presented is too light to be of much use. It would be impossible to recreate many of the uses of nettles using this book as a guide, and some of the stinging nettle illustrations are actually pictures of a completely different plant!
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Want to know what to do with the kids over the holidays, get this book, you will change hearts and minds with this gem.

This is a book for all, great gift for all ages and interests, A slice of history, a bit of money saving, a step down memory lane:-

To making potions and turning the kitchen into a willingly surrendered science lab.

Beauty au natural; lotions and ointments. who knew the humble nettle could be so much fun, And there is a beer in it for you if you wish.

Bags of fun and information a real must have, packed with new ideas for christmas gifts of a home made nature to presents for all at a saving with fun fun fun all the way.

Perhaps get a pair of garden gloves for a quid to help with the picking and do not scare the nettles if you use your hands !

Really very Recommended especially for holidays and family fun.
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This 78 page book by Piers Warren gives the reader an insight into what Stinging Nettles are, what the sting is, how to collect and store Nettles and as the title says 101 ways Nettles have been, are or can be used. With chapters entitled Nettles in the Garden, Nettles in the Kitchen, Medicinal Nettles, Nettles and Animals, Nettle Fibre and Miscellaneous Uses it gives very basic information on subjects ranging from Nettle beverages and uses in food to making own made liquid plant food, cordage or sore throat remedy. 24 pages cover 47 historic medicinal uses or believed medicinal uses of Nettles and 9 pages gives 19 uses of Nettle used in food and drinks. This book is A5 in size and is a handy and easy read for anyone wanting simple basic information on Nettles and their uses. It's basic but a nice easy introduction for anyone interested in plants and their uses.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Samantha on 2 Jun. 2006
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I am an alternative healer and have known for some time that stinging nettles can be put to a number of uses, but this book has been a real eye-opener. It's written in a friendly chatty style, at times funny, but all the 101 uses are quite valid. Some are historical but many can still be used today. I have a whole new respect for this amazing plant and am already using it more - for myself as well. If you're interested in the use of plants this book is just fascinating. I keep wanting to tell people bits from it - "Did you know..."! It would also make a great gift for a gardener who thinks of the nettle merely as a weed!
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So you thought nettles were an unwelcome growth in your garden...think again. This is a fascinating book and I have loved reading it. The recipes are great and who would have known you can make string and garden bindings from the flattened stalks? I particularly liked the medicinal applications. No more expensive exfoliating ointments needed either. Nettles have it all!
I no longer look at nettles with disdain, they are our friends and like so much in nature, they have so many properties which are beneficial to our health.
I recommend this book.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Owlbright on 23 July 2006
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After reading this book by either dipping in to seek what you wish to know - or from cover-to-cover - you will be intrigued and delighted!

It is, quite simply, the definitive guide to that much-maligned plant: the nettle.

This book has become invaluable to me in my work of complementary therapy. It has joined the many excellent books that I suggest to my clients, if they seek alternative remedies that work.

I have no doubt that whatever interests you have - you will love this book and its priceless information.
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A very interesting little book that could make a useful addition to the country's garden bookshelf. It's tendency to pendantry makes it unsuitable as a bedtime read unless you are the sort of person that reads recipe books in bed, however, as an introduction to a valuable herb and fascinating plant this publication is probably unsurpassed.
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