Three Herbs: Nettles, Horsetail and Mullein
P O Box 25, Waldron, WA 98297-0025 Articles | 2014 Workshops | Island Herbs Order Form (pdf) | Contact Ryan Certain aspects of each herb will be presented based on personal experience with no intent to be encyclopedic. All three of these herbs have physical hazards: nettles leaves have irritating venom when alive and sharp silica pieces easily shed when dried, presenting eye and respiratory hazards; horsetails have silica plates which are readily shed when dried and are hazardous for the gastrointestinal tract and the respiratory tract; mullein emergent parts (leaves, flowering stalks, and flowers) are covered with short sharp hairs which irritate the eyes, nose and throat when inhaled, and the mouth and throat when ingested. Caution is advised. NETTLES (Urtica dioica v.Lyalli) All true nettles are edible; all stinging nettles have similar medicinal properties. The species/variety I describe here is: Urtica dioica v.Lyalli or simply U. I wondered what species of nettles she had gotten.
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