Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Red Dead Nettle - Lamium purpureum


A plant that is well worth knowing about is our friend the Red Dead Nettle (Lamium purpureum), not only does it look good in the wayside with it's rich colour, but it also has some uses, the young leaves are edible for a start, either raw or cooked, but it has to be the medicinal uses that we need to understand, don't eat too many as it's a purgative and a diuretic and well,  it will have you crapping  and peeing for England like you would not believe, the most interesting use in my view though is it's use as a styptic and an astringent, ie it can be used to help stem the flow of blood in small cuts and bruises by placing bruised leaves on the wound, although it must be said that applying a wild plant to an open wound is probably not the best idea, but in a pinch it's nice to know what can be used to help out should you need to.

Always seek advice from a professional before using any plant medicinally.

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