It’s no wonder that throughout temperate regions of the world nettles are valued for building vitality.
I like to find this plant on the numerous mountain hikes within a hours drive of Palo Alto. A local herbalist, Darren Huckle taught me not to be afraid on the sting. Instead use it as a stimulate to the area of my body that needs a bit more healing circulation. And I have been sharing with friends on the hikes the same. I brush my slightly sore elbow up against the needle plant!
When appropriate I take scissors and a big bag and clip the nettles into the bag. Then take them home and steam them for about 2 minutes, before seasoning with a little flax seed oil and umeboshi vinegar. It is delicious as well as nutritious.