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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 lets 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 dont 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.