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on 7 February 2009
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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on 13 July 2009
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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on 29 January 2016
I'm sorry to say I'm disappointed with this book, which I'd seen recommended. I wish I'd read the reviews before adding it to my Christmas list. When I buy (or ask for) a book I expect some expertise in the subject, some personal remarks and hands-on experience. What sounded alarm bells in my head was the "botany" section at the front. The author is confused about his nettles! What he has described, and even pictured, is white deadnettle. Fortunately this is edible too, so people won't be poisoning themselves. The image of the seed head too looks as if it's dead nettle, not stinging nettle. Stinging nettle seeds are very different.

This basic error casts doubt on the rest of the book, which is, in essence, is a list with scant information on each item. It is NOT a hands-on personal experience book. As an ideas book for further research it's passable, but nobody will be able to consult this book to make cloth, or harvest seed effectively. They would have to do more research for recipes or protocols. But then perhaps this is all the book purports to be.

I haven't made nettle soup as Warren's recipe because all the other recipes I've seen cook the base first and add nettles at the end to retain the green colour. I wonder if Warren has actually made soup his way, or whether this is another bit of second-hand knowledge.

I don't think it's good value for money.
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on 3 August 2013
Bought this as we have loads of nettles so thought i'd try and make use of them, but it's not a good book, it's simply a list of things they can be used for but is not descriptive on how exactly to use them, it's also very vague, using a lot of 'it may help' or can possibly aid' rather than factual usages.

Sent back for refund.
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on 10 June 2014
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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on 10 January 2013
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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on 2 June 2006
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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on 23 June 2013
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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on 23 July 2006
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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on 21 August 2013
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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