Stinging Nettle is a herb that many people are aware of even if natural medicines don’t interest them at all – it’s one of the easiest plants to identify simply because brushing against it with bare skin can result in an irritating rash! This is because the stems and the undersides of the leaves are covered with tiny needle-like hairs that contain formic acid which results in contact-dermatitis when they come into contact with the skin. It burns but the rash usually subsides quite quickly. This has led modern people to view stinging nettle as little more than an irritating nuisance that spreads rapidly and needs eliminating! The truth is that it’s a potent nutritive substance with an array of incredible health benefits.