So as you may have read earlier this week, I "harvested" some stinging nettle. I didn't do it very well. It stung my left hand.
Imagine your hand has fallen asleep and you have pins and needles. Really bad ones. It doesn't make you want to cry, but it is uncomfortable enough that it is all you can think about. You have the pins and needles for 4-6 hours.
Here are some things I tried for relief.
Pick some plantain leaves (you probably have some growing in your lawn). Mash them up and rub them where you got stung. This helps a bit.
What helps even more, is if you take some of the stinging nettle leaves that you boiled up to eat and rub them on your hand. That really helps. Surprising, eh?
My problem was that I used up the rest of my nettle leaves making scones. So when the pins and needles started to come back, I didn't have any boiled leaves left to apply. D'oh!!
Take away tip? Pick your nettle while wearing thick gardening gloves.