NA­TURE’S MEDICINE CABI­NET

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Net­tles Be­fore you com­post those weeded net­tle plants, why not har­ness their health­giv­ing prop­er­ties? Rich in iron, they’re also full of vi­ta­min C, which helps the body to ab­sorb this min­eral. Their di­uretic ac­tion could ex­plain why they were also tra­di­tion­ally used to treat uri­nary tract in­fec­tions. The young leaves have a del­i­cate flavour (cook­ing takes the sting out of them), so blitz them into a soup or as an al­ter­na­tive to basil in pesto. Drink an in­fu­sion of net­tle tea daily now and some herbal­ists be­lieve it can help to re­duce hayfever symp­toms later in the year.*

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