Nettle has been used for centuries in Europe as a nutritious food in early spring when other sources of nourishment were still scarce and today is still a wonderful choice as a soup stock (especially for vegetarians) and delicious tea.
The leaves are high in vitamin A, C, K and B vitamins as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron. They also contain amino acids and antioxidants.
Nettle is often referred to as a “spring tonic,” which is a substance intended to cleanse the body of toxins.
This herb is also known to contain a considerable amount of potassium, a mineral that reduces tension in your arteries and blood vessels, lowering your risk for strokes.
Nettle is Male energy in action and is associated with the planet Mars and the element Fire.
Nettle can be burned to drive out negativity or unwanted spirits and is excellent at cleansing the aura. It can also be used in protection bags, or ground into powder and used in spells to break curses. It can help women get in touch with their inner warrior and mixes well with many other plants including angelica, peppermint and sage.
To consecrate an Athame, plunge heated blade into an herbal bath with nettles.