Stinging Nettles - Comparable to Hemp In Fiber, Potent Medicine & FoodSubmitted by hawkiye on Tue, 03/02/2010 - 15:21
Stinging Nettles are comparable to Hemp in fiber, potent medicine & nutritionally amazing! And they grow wild all over the country and you won't get raided by the corporate government goons for growing or harvesting them.
While I think Hemp is great the reality is it is too risky to grow and process in the USA. So lets circumvent these corporate fascist goons and start using nettles!
Some excerpts below found at: http://www.dryit.com/nettles.html
"Nettle fiber is similar to that of Hemp or Flax. It was used into the seventeenth century for making cloth, from fine textured fabrics to coarse sailcloth and sacking. Europeans and Native Americans used the nettle fiber to make ropes an fishing nets. During World War I, the German Empire, plagued by textile shortages, used nettles as a substitute for cotton. Captured German uniforms were found to be 85% nettle fiber."
"For over two centuries, nettles have been used for medicinal purposes. They have beneficial influence on various body systems, including the lungs, kidneys, skin, and blood. The herb has been recognized for its ability to stop bleeding, relieve mucous congestion and water retention, and improve skin irritations. It is considered to be an excellent blood purifier."
"Nettle tea has been used to help increase the milk flow of nursing mothers. As a gargle, it is useful for mouth and throat infections. Applied externally, the tea is said to help relieve acne and eczema."
"Dried nettles have also been widely used for farm animals. Added to chicken feed, they will increase egg production. Used as fodder for cows, they will increase milk production. Whether for feathers or fur, nettles produce a healthier, glossier coat."
"Nettles are rich in iron, silicon, and potassium. They are very high in vitamins A and C. When dried, nettles are 40% protein. The dried plant makes a nutritious addition to soups, stews, or casseroles".
I am going to experiment with using nettles for fiber cement like Hemp crete.