Father put great faith in the curing powers in garlic. As I do myself. To this day I collect it growing wild and use it in all my cooking. So, too, with watercress leaf and dandelion to clear bad skin of pimples, rashes and the like, and the juice of the stinging nettle to purify the blood. Nothing better in spring than to boil fresh young nettles for tea or broth or put the stinging leaf into colcannon, stews, gruels and porridge.
“Good for cleansing the blood,” Mother would tell us.
She brewed nettle wine and nettle beer for several years, but I admit I never had a taste for it.
from The Lightning Tree by PJ Curtis