- Edible Leaves – used fresh and cooked briefly; leaves dry well and can be stored for later use
- Tea Plant – fresh or dried leaves are used
- Dynamic Accumulator (Potassium, Calcium, Sulfur, Copper, Iron, and Sodium) – excellent addition to compost
- Manure Tea Plant – high in Nitrogen
- Lacewings prefer to lay eggs on Stinging Nettle leaves
- Ladybugs prefer Stinging Nettle foliage
- Fiber Plant – obtained from the stems. Makes a strong fiber similar to flax which can be used to make cloth similar to linen. The fiber can also be used to make paper
- The seeds can be pressed to produce an oil that can be used in lamps
- Dye (green) from the leaves and stems
- Extensive medicinal use
- Juice from the leaves have been used for hundreds of years to curdle milk for cheese making if rennet is not available
- Drinks can be made from the young shoots – non-alcoholic drinks similar to ginger-beer and alcoholic drinks like beer and wine
Harvesting: Spring. Leaves are best when the plant is less than 3 feet tall, before flowering has occurred. Ideal is when they are under a foot tall. Use gloves to avoid the stinging hairs on the underside of the leaves and stems.
Storage: Can be dried and used as needed. Many people will just keep the fresh leaves in a brown paper bag, shaking occasionally, until dried.