Practical herb card # 31:

Stinging nettle.

The front of the card.
The reverse of the card.
Stinging nettle is a perennial that can grow to about 1.5 m (1.5 yards) tall. It stings because of its itchy hairs, which are filled with something quite close to formic acid. Dried nettle is as stingy as fresh, provided the hairs are still intact.

Young shoots and leaves are rich in minerals, which is why they're used to strengthen people.

Use them in teas, as food or for instance as a green powder for allergies, hay fever, asthma and anemia. If you suffer from these, it's a good idea to also strengthen the liver by taking dandelion or yellow dock.

Allergies are cumulative, and nettles help the blood carry more before you overload. If you take nettles regularly before allergy season starts, you can get away with one more irritant before you start to sneeze, get eczema or other allergic symptoms.

Nettles can help curb asthma symptoms as well. Do stop ingesting all dairy products, though. You might also need to avoid grains and sugar.

Nettle seeds strengthen the adrenals and the kidneys. They're good for exhaustion, tiredness and low libido. Take a teaspoon a day of the dried seed if you would like to do things, but you just don't have the energy.

Regular use of nettle seed can help avoid dialysis. If the kidney damage is due to lifestyle, that should be changed now, rather than later. If your kidneys are shot, you'll be kept alive by dialysis for a few years, but after that you're in for a kidney transplant.

Nettle root is used for benign prostatic hyperplasia. It grows close to the ground, it's yellow and rather hard and it's easiest to dig from the compost heap. If the root is thicker than 5 mm (1/5"), you'd best slice it lengthwise, just to check for beetle larvae and their tunnels. Make a tea or a tincture and take that three times a day until the night-time urinary urge is lowered to two times a night, or less.

Herbal collecting card # 94

White deadnettle

The front of the card.
The reverse of the card.

Something cool:

A second set of herb cards

The new set of herb cards has arrived!

It's just as good as the first card set, but this time, it's only the cards, loose-leaf in a protective cover, with a cut-and-paste cardboard box.

Get your own set here!
And while you're at it, order the first set, too, it's a gorgeous set of collectible herbal cards.


My books

A new edition of my book "Practical Herbs 1" was published in 2018.
It's now available on and, as well as at on AEON books' site.
A new edition of my book "Practical Herbs 2" was published in 2018.
It's now available on and, as well as at on AEON books' site.
I published "Practical Herb Cards" in 2017.
It contains collectible herbal cardboard cards (#1-52) bound into a book. The front of the book is text proper, telling you more about the themes on each card. The back of the book consists of cardboard sheets, four cards to a sheet, complete with a cut-and-paste cardboard box for the cards.

I added an alphabetical index card for this set to the second card set ... it dawned on me that this would be a good idea after I'd gotten it all from the printer.
(The second set also contains an alphabetical index card for the second set.)
"Practical Herb Cards 2" arrived from the printers on May 22, 2019.
It's 52 collectible herbal cardboard cards (#53-104).
They're loose-leaf sheets with 4 cardboard cards each within a protective cover, and a do-it-yourself cardboard box.
I could have done ready-made boxes, but almost all of these will be mailed out ... flat, book-like objects won't get squashed on their way to you.

(If you speak Finnish, and are coming to one of my lectures: I have ready-made boxes with cards. Most of the card sets I've ordered in Finnish are flat too though.)
My books are exquisite if you're a hands-on herbalist, somebody who wants to pick and process your own herbs.
They also contain hints and tips for beginning or seasoned practising herbalists, people who give herbs to people for their various more or less severe problems.

The herb cards can be used as teaching (or learning) aids, as the reverse of the cards contains just a photo of the plant, not the name, latin name, family or uses.

They're all gorgeous too, of course. Lots of photos, all in full color!

Ask me about bulk rates! For single herb card sets, postage is quite a large part of the price.
If you order 16+ herb card sets, you'll get them vastly cheaper (per book) and much faster.

(If you wish to buy larger amounts of the books "Practical Herbs 1" and/or "Practical Herbs 2", I'll give your inquiry to my UK publisher, Aeon books.)

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Helsinkiin ei välttämättä tarvitse lähteä: lähiopetus tulee pienellä viiveellä nauhoitettuna etäopiskelijoiden kuunneltavaksi (tai katsottavaksi).

Kurssin käytyäsi saat hienon diplomin.

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Kurssi on todella hyvä. Tässä muutama kommentti: 
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(Nästa distanskurs på svenska börjar i april 2020:

(I have a herbal distance course in Finnish and Swedish.)
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