I have a few potted plants that have mysterious volunteers growing in them. I think the potting mix was contaminated or something. This stuff has attacked all three people in this household with a very potent burning sensation and almost instantaneous formation of a rash where the plant touched the skin. Even lightly grazing the edges of the leaves results in pain and a rash. The rash goes away within a day or so and it doesn't itch.
Arthritic joints were traditionally treated by whipping the joint with a branch of stinging nettles. The theory was that it stimulated the adrenals and thus reduced swelling and pain in the joint. Various studies support the effectiveness of this treatment.
Various types of Nettle have been studied for their effects on prostate hypertrophy, diabetes mellitus, rheumatic disease, hypertension, gastrointestinal symptoms, osteoarthritis, diarrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation, pain, constipation, gastrointestinal disease, headache, nausea, common cold, arthritis, asthma, bleeding, respiratory tract disease, allergic rhinitis, kidney disease, prostate cancer, skin disease and urinary tract disease.[verification needed][unreliable source?] In terms of allergies, nettle contains properties of an antihistamine to be used for treating reactions associated with the respiratory system.[unreliable source?] Nettles can also be used to make a tisane known as "nettle tea".
Some people pay for that medicine.
-- Is a person a failure for doing nothing? Or is he a failure for trying, and not succeeding at what he is attempting to do? What did you fail at today?.
The leaves taste a bit like spinach after boiling.
If you crumple it up really fast sometimes it does not get a chance to sting you. This looks like an outside plant so the seeds could have blown there. I suspect someone nearby has a wild patch growing under a bush.
When you go to get rid of it, don't just pull it out! Paint, or fine mist, the leaves with white (distilled) vinegar, preferably top and bottom. Stick a piece of carboard between the nettle and whatever you want to keep in the pot. If you just pull it out you may leave some of the hair roots, and it'll just come right back. You need to kill the plant before removing it. -- Keep your eye on the ball, your shoulder to the wheel, your nose to the grindstone, and your ear to the ground. Now, try to work in that position!!!
When you go to get rid of it, don't just pull it out! Paint, or fine mist, the leaves with white (distilled) vinegar, preferably top and bottom. Stick a piece of carboard between the nettle and whatever you want to keep in the pot. If you just pull it out you may leave some of the hair roots, and it'll just come right back. You need to kill the plant before removing it.
Luckily that pot doesn't have anything desirable in it, so it will be easy to dispose of. I have seen the nettle in a couple other desirable pots, though; thanks for the heads up.