John Polk wrote:I just heard from an in law who was raised on a Tulalip Reservation about a cure for the itch of the stinging nettle.
It works here in the Cascade region, because everywhere you encounter wild nettles, you also find the cure:
Remove the brown spores from under the leaves of the ferns, and rub them on the itchy skin. The sting is soon gone.
Miles Flansburg wrote:Gary, have you seen this thread?
Perhaps you could work something out that would benefit you both?
paul wheaton wrote:
Gary Briane Tuttle wrote:
Paul, I might be your guy on that one. Please PM me if you are serious about that.
I think we are ten years out until we can do our first try. We need to build our infrastructure and then optimize it. Then optimize is many more times.
dan long wrote:If nettles are wet, they wont sting. If you grip them firmly, they will not sting. Are you perhaps testing them out after a rain? Maybe you are grabbing htem as opposed to brushing against them (the may most of us get stung)
Philip Green wrote:You could find a friend to test it on...
Philip Green wrote:Not sure where you are.
Philip Green wrote:But false nettle is quite common throughout the Eastern US at least (maybe other places as well). Unfortunately it is not nearly as useful as true nettles. http://www.muhlenberg.edu/cultural/graver/collections/wetlandplants/False%20Nettle.htm
My rule of thumb is always if it stings it is a nettle, if it doesn't then it is not as there are quite a few look-alikes (at least in Ohio). The stinging if from a needle actually poking into your skin and it is impossible to be immune to them. The severity of the reaction to the poison it injects may vary, but everyone should feel the needle penetrating the skin if it is a true nettle.