Stiðe heo hatte, wiðstunað heo attre, wreceð heo wraðan, weorpeð ut attor. þis is seo wyrt seo wiþ wyrm gefeaht, þeos mæg wið attre, heo mæg wið onflyge, heo mæg wið ðam laþan ðe geond lond fereþ.
Nettle it is called, it attacks against poison, it drives out the hostile one, it casts out poison. This is the herb that fought against the serpent, it has power against poison, it has power against infection, it has power against the loathsome foe roving through the land.
Stinging Nettle is a perennial herb covered in microscopic thorns containing histamine. If one was to brush up against it, within seconds their skin will have dermatitis and feel a burn that will not go away until cool water is run over the flesh. If one were to erroneously use warm water, the stinging will continue and become more agonizing as the pores of the skin open, allowing the thorns to go in further.
Stinging nettle is an herbaceous plant, growing 3-7 feet tall and spread via its root system. It is an indicator plant, which lets a gardener know that the soil is nutrient dense, especially for nitrogen and phosphorous. They attract multiple butterflies and are host to various caterpillars.
This herb is a vitamin C powerhouse, known to help alleviate allergies. It can be blanched, and then drink the water. Or the plant can be dried and added to a dish as a garnish, since its flavor is similar to spinach. It can be added to smoothies or placed in a vegetable capsule and swallowed.
Nettle can also be used in place of cotton, and can be used to create a yellow dye. Similar to borage, nettle is a great herb to use when concealing magic in plain sight. It is associated with the element of fire, the planet Mars, and is used to break curses. The spirit of stinging nettle lends to the concept of protection – its thorns are so small that the naked eye cannot see it, but its touch is strong and swift. A perfect plant for the Nine Herbs Charm!