Vitamin and mineral rich.
Used medicinally to strengthen and support the entire body. Leaves and stems are covered with tiny, hollow, silica-tipped hairs that release a skin irritant when touched. Dried or cooked, nettles lose their sting and are safe to ingest. Medicinal: Leaves are rich in iron and vitamin C. Ingested in infusions or tinctures to treat eczema. Fresh, stinging leaves are applied to skin to treat arthritis. Root is used for prostate complaints. Hardiness zones: 3-10.