Comment concerning Stinging Nettle (Urtica chamaedryoides): stinging nettles ie bull nettle, horse nettle,

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As a comment about Stinging Nettle (Urtica chamaedryoides), plantladylin wrote:

I came into contact with this stinging nettle this morning when I was weeding an area of the garden ... so I can attest to its common name of "Fireweed"! It causes an extremely painful stinging and burning sensation! Since I wasn't wearing gloves when I pulled a handful of weeds that contained the nettle, I got a good dose of the stinging on my right hand. I immediately ran inside and made a thick paste of baking soda and water, which I applied to my hand. The burning sensation subsided within 30 - 40 minutes, but even two hours later there's still a mild stinging sensation.

*** Note to self ... ALWAYS wear gloves when gardening!

This Nettle is native to the Southeastern United States and Northern Mexico. Here in Florida, Fireweed is often found in moist, disturbed areas, lawns, and pastures. The plants are usually avoided by cattle, but horses sometimes browse this plant, which can cause stress symptoms, such as breathing difficulty, difficulty swallowing, and weight loss. In extreme cases it can cause death in younger horses when they become exposed to the toxins by rolling around in the plants.

Apr 14, 2015 8:26 PM CST
I know this may sound like a bunch of hooey! But it works I've done I many many times we work watermelon fields they are full of bull nettles anyway urinate or pour fresh urine on the affected area the acid in the urine will "immediately" neutralize the poison n stop the burning it may sound nasty but medical fact when urine leaves the body it is nearly sterile so it up to you and how high iz your pain. Threshold it works and it washes off just fine w/soap water
Name: Lin
Southeast Florida (Zone 10a)

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Apr 14, 2015 8:32 PM CST
The Baking Soda worked fine but if the pain had been extreme I would have used Vinegar to neutralize the sting. Vinegar is used for jellyfish stings so I'm sure it would work for neutralizing the sting of nettles too.
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