Magick and Symbolism of Himalayan Nettle
Scientific Name: Urtica Dioica. Folk Name: Ortiga Ancha, Stinging Nettle. Gender: Masculine. Planet: Mars. Element: Fire. Diety: Thor. Magick: Protection, Healing, Lust. Use nettle herb or incense to return all negative energy back to the sender. sprinkle nettle around the house to keep evil out and to send it back. Nettle is also thrown onto a fire to avert danger, held in the hand to ward off ghosts, carried with yarrow to allay fear, and worn as an amulet to keep negativity far away.
A pot of freshly cut nettles placed beneath a sick bed will aid in the person’s recovery. Nettle has sometimes been used as a lust-inducing herb, and contemporary Mexican spiritualists recommend its use in purification baths—because it is “more carnivorous” than other herbs, and so will work more efficiently.
Himalayan nettle is a precious plant from all points of view. The fiber obtained from it is one of the longest in the world, shiny and very similar to silk.
The Himalayan nettle grows spontaneously in the altitudes of Nepal where it is harvested manually by the indigenous populations. Manual harvesting contributes to making the fiber precious by maintaining its original length and guaranteeing objective production limits. It is therefore a sustainable plant in all respects.
The producer from whom we buy the Himalayan Nettle fiber founded his company with the mission of creating economic income for the villagers of the Himalayas.
Indeed, the Nepalese mountains are home to many remote villages, people work hard to make a living from subsistence farming. Making ends meet is difficult for them and there are many women without paid work who have no way of earning money.
Harvesting the plant from the wild during the off season helps women earn money to meet basic family needs.
The Himalayan nettle grows uncontrolled in the Nepalese forests above 2000 meters. It prefers moist, soft soils fertilized by grazing yaks and its shoots grow over three meters in height every year, and the more you cut, the more it grows.
The vertical stems, which reach their maximum height in 12 months, are harvested every year to make room for new leaves and healthy shoots for the following year, these will better absorb CO 2 . Annual cutting also promotes root growth which helps improve soil stabilization in landslide-prone mountains.
Nettles also help soil fertility, preserve its biodiversity and are vital for keeping the surrounding ecosystem intact.