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I first discovered the use of nettles while researching the meaning of its magical name, Olieribos. Nettle is part of the English name of many plants with stinging hairs, particularly those of the genus Urtica. It is also part of the name of plants which resemble Urtica species in appearance but do not have stinging hairs. Urtica dioica is distributed throughout the temperate regions of Europe and Asia: it is not only to be found in distant Japan, but also in South Africa and Australia.
Stinging Nettles has been cultivated and used by humanity since prehistoric times. Kassie Vance has written an excellent article, entitled, The History of Stinging Nettles that was featured on Dr. Christopher’s Herbal Legacy website. Here is on excerpt from the article:
“In ancient Egypt reports are found of the use of nettle infusion for the relief of arthritis and lumbago pains. A standard practice of flogging oneself with the fresh nettle plant, called urtification, was prescribed to treat such illnesses as chronic rheumatism, lethargy, coma, paralysis, and even typhus, and cholera. This practice of urtification is known to many cultures and has been used for thousands of years. The Roman soldiers are said to have brought their own nettle to the British Isles to treat their tired, painful legs on long marches in the cold and wet climate by urtification, thus stimulating the circulation. Documentation or anecdotal reports of its use in this way have been found among the Ecuador Indians, ancient Romans, and Canadian and American native tribes.”
Stinging Nettles is widely-known and cultivated for its medicinal properties. The Natural Society published an article, written by Christina Sarich, entitled, 29 Nettle Tea Benefits. In the article we discover a wide range of healing properties found in drinking Nettle tea. The list goes as follows:
To give you an idea of just how powerful this singular plant is, nettle has the potential to treat the following ailments:
- Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
- Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
- Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
- Helps to support the adrenals
- It helps with diabetes mellitus
- Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
- Promotes milk production in lactating women
- Relieves menopausal symptoms
- Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
- Helps break down kidney stones
- Reduces hypertension
- Helps with respiratory tract disease
- Supports the kidneys
- Helps asthma sufferers
- Stops bleeding
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces incident of prostate cancer
- Minimizes skin problems
- Eliminates allergic rhinitis
- Lessens nausea
- Cures the common cold
- Helps with osteoarthritis
- Alleviates diarrhea
- Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
- Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
- Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
- Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
- Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
- Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas
Spiritually, in the Art of Ninzuwu Tradition, nettles are associated with Ajishikitakahikone-no-kami and The Body of Iwuvh. Nettles also correspond to Buhqz, who is described in the Ivory Tablets of the Crow as follows:
“Goddess of Mars and all things pertaining to such. Her hair is likened to long strands of fire and her skin is made of iron.”
In other forms of esoteric science, nettles are used to protect one from dark magic and spiritual betrayal. Men use nettles to rid themselves of unwanted emotions. Women make use of the plant to attune to their inner warriors and protective guides.
Nettles is associated in Traditional Folk Magic with fire and the planet Mars. In Simon Necronomicon spirituality, nettles are burned when calling the “Watcher.” It is described in the text as the herb, Olieribos. Nergal, the deity of the planet Mars in the Simon Necronomicon, literally means “the great watcher.”
In some cultures, placing fresh-cut nettles under a sick person’s bed is believed to facilitate a rapid recovery. It can be sprinkled on the floor to rid the home of evil spirits. Combing your hair with nettle juice is said to rid one of baldness.