Jump to content

Nettles


Followers 6

Recommended Posts

I'm not used to them really as I'm not from England orignaly BUT I always seem to get stung every single time I go caching!!! I'm a real baby about it too :D I get loads of little bumps and it stings the rest of the day!! I'm going to have to start caching in full body armour :grin: I've been told about the plant next to it but for the life of me dont know what one it is :(

 

</end of rant> :huh:

Link to comment

Today was national nettle day or words to that effect. apparently nettles are on the decline and this could effect the whole british habitat for some critters.

Not where I go caching they aren't, swear to god they are following me!! :rolleyes:;);)

 

i swear they follow me too!!! :mad: OH and my day has been made I didnt realise they wernt arond winter time :P bring on winter!!! :P

Link to comment

Aye dock leaves work a treat..............IF you can find them!! They always used to be about when I was a kid but seem to be harder to find these days ;);):rolleyes:

Loads in my garden....maybe I should put a cache there :mad:

 

Take a tube of Anthisan cream out with you, that might help a bit :P

Antihistamine maybe?

 

AFAIK you can get a spray relief too that numbs the area and takes away the itch. Might be worth adding to your caching kit?

Link to comment

You could always try picking the nettles (always grasp them firmly) and then put them to good use.

 

According to a book called "101 Uses for Stinging Nettles", there seems to be no end to their uses lol! Have to say though that some of the medicinal uses listed there are a bit of an eye opener....nettles for haemorrhoids!! :rolleyes:

Edited by Geo-Gophers
Link to comment

I'm one of those people that gets bitten, stung and molestered by all creepy crawlies and bitey flying things. After Carry on Camping last year I had forty something bites, and a colleague told me about After Bite Now I make sure It's in the caching bag whenever I go out. It's brill!!

The sugestion of your being "molestered" certainly made me sit up Hazel - the mind boggles! I'll have to come caching with you sometime, it sounds great fun :rolleyes:

Link to comment

I'm one of those people that gets bitten, stung and molestered by all creepy crawlies and bitey flying things. After Carry on Camping last year I had forty something bites, and a colleague told me about After Bite Now I make sure It's in the caching bag whenever I go out. It's brill!!

The sugestion of your being "molestered" certainly made me sit up Hazel - the mind boggles! I'll have to come caching with you sometime, it sounds great fun :rolleyes:

 

molested with piles of nettles?

Link to comment

I'm not used to them really as I'm not from England orignaly BUT I always seem to get stung every single time I go caching!!! I'm a real baby about it too :rolleyes: I get loads of little bumps and it stings the rest of the day!! I'm going to have to start caching in full body armour :mad: I've been told about the plant next to it but for the life of me dont know what one it is ;)

 

</end of rant> ;)

 

Recent research has revealed the cause of the sting to be from three chemicals – a histamine that irritates the skin, acetylcholine which causes a burning sensation and serotonin, that encourages the other two chemicals.

 

Bare skin brushing up against a stinging nettle plant tends to break the delicate defensive hairs and release the trio of chemicals, usually resulting in a temporary and painful skin rash similar to poison ivy, though the nettle's rash and duration are much weaker.

It is possible to evade the sting by touching the middle of the leaf or by stroking in the same direction as the hairs.

I preferred my method of stroking them....... with my size 9 boots... :P

 

I hear that some Fire Brigades are selling off their obsolete chemical protection suits... :P

Link to comment

 

Recent research has revealed the cause of the sting to be from three chemicals – a histamine that irritates the skin, acetylcholine which causes a burning sensation and serotonin, that encourages the other two chemicals.

 

Bare skin brushing up against a stinging nettle plant tends to break the delicate defensive hairs and release the trio of chemicals, usually resulting in a temporary and painful skin rash similar to poison ivy, though the nettle's rash and duration are much weaker.

It is possible to evade the sting by touching the middle of the leaf or by stroking in the same direction as the hairs.

I preferred my method of stroking them....... with my size 9 boots... :rolleyes:

 

I hear that some Fire Brigades are selling off their obsolete chemical protection suits... ;)

 

my prefered method of dealing with nettles is size 11 boots and or the walking pole :mad:

Link to comment

Well this is a subject that's at the forefront of my mind at the mo. I've been out for a whole days caching trying to beat my most in a day record (I did), but on reflection doing it in shorts & t-shirt was a bad idea. After the first attack & did the doc leaf thing and it works for me, but it soon became clear I was facing an uphill struggle so I just put up with it.

 

My legs & right elbow are BURNING now!!!

Link to comment

I'm not used to them really as I'm not from England orignaly BUT I always seem to get stung every single time I go caching!!! I'm a real baby about it too :rolleyes: I get loads of little bumps and it stings the rest of the day!! I'm going to have to start caching in full body armour ;) I've been told about the plant next to it but for the life of me dont know what one it is ;)

 

</end of rant> :mad:

 

try this...

take some indigestion tabs with you, and next time you get stung, chew one, then (repulsive bit coming up..) spit the chewed up tab on the affected part, and rub in... works for me, and more relieble than finding a doc leaf that aint been used as a canine khasi!!

 

P.

Link to comment

We had a good laugh once while we were walking across a field that had nettles near the path. We passed a Japanese gentleman who had just got stung and he rushed up to me in a blind panic asking if the plants were poisonous. Of course we couldn't let an opportunity like that go by, so we told him that he had half an hour to get to hospital, or he would die. The look on his face gave us the best laugh we had had in ages! B):)B)

Link to comment

Instead of being negative about these plants try this instead.

 

Light a small fire, collect nettles, hold nettles over the fire to burn off stingy bit, chop nettles up to tea leaf size. place in billy can, heat over fire for about 5/10 minutes (to taste) drink unsweetened. Believe me this is one of the most refreshing drinks you will ever have.

 

But do USE GLOVES.

 

Also Dandilion Coffee and Pine needle tea

Link to comment

I got stung through jeans as i walked through some nettles the other day...a first for me, ive never been stung through clothes before!

 

Same has happened to me!! The odd thing is the red marks stay for awhile sometimes even till the next day.. So I think I may be slightly allergic or something :ph34r:

Link to comment

So, don't do this cache until the winter;

 

Alibags' Evil Nettle Cache

 

In fact the whole walkabout is lethal at the moment - stings all up my legs because I wore shorts! :ph34r:

 

That's NOT my worst one, trust me :)

 

I got nettled on saturday doing some of the Phillimore Clan's evil nettle caches. One one cache I was sting and came up in huge bumps, but it didn't really hurt very much. On another cache, I got stung, no bumps, but it itched and tingled for hours afterwards. I wonder if there are different types of nettle venom?

Link to comment

We had a good laugh once while we were walking across a field that had nettles near the path. We passed a Japanese gentleman who had just got stung and he rushed up to me in a blind panic asking if the plants were poisonous. Of course we couldn't let an opportunity like that go by, so we told him that he had half an hour to get to hospital, or he would die. The look on his face gave us the best laugh we had had in ages! :ph34r::):D

 

That is so mean. LOL :unsure:

Link to comment

 

Ah, 'contains ammonia', that stuff seems to be the biz. I got eaten alive by mozzies in Greece one year and took my spotty itchy self off to the local pharmacist. He did not speak english, I do not speak greek. At first he offered me 'Anthisan', but I then did a great mime show of extreme itching and pain, so he gave me a tube of something else. All the writing was in greek, so I have no idea what it was, but it STANK of ammonia, but it was certainly very effective.

Link to comment

...now that nettles (subject) is dying, has anyone got blisters from the evil Giant Hogweed yet? :anibad:

 

No thanks, been there, done that, got the T shirt. I have noticed a LOT of it growing around this year though. I saw loads whilst doing parts of the WTF series along the Grand Union Canal (London End). Nasty nasty stuff.

Link to comment

A couple of years ago I introduced a friend to caching. We did GCP5RD Via Duck Volts. My friend is a seasoned orienteer and a tough nut. To my amazement she walked, or strolled might be a better word, or even swanned, in shorts, through a terrifying thicket of nettles and did the quite difficult cache retrieval as casually as if she were getting a box of teabags out of a cupboard. I was amazed. Sadly - although a natural - she didn't take up caching, but when we meet up we she sometimes accompanies us.

Link to comment

Load of girlies!!! :)

 

You need to spit on the dock leaf before you rub it on the nettle sting, why, Err!!, thats what I was told being a true Beds Old Boy. :angry:

 

Does it work????? Perhaps :)

 

I've been bitten, stung by every plant, insect, reptile, mammal in the UK, so glad to comment on anything else!!!!!!!!!

 

Cheers

 

Nick

Link to comment

A) long trousers

:angry: a jacket

 

That deals with most nettle (and bramble, holly etc problems.

 

C) a hat or cap

 

That deals with prtecting the top end

 

D) Gardening gloves

 

For those situations where you have to put your hand in ....

 

E) a Stick of Whacking.

 

For when you need to clear a path in head-high nettles. I can be quite ruthless to nettles.

Link to comment

...now that nettles (subject) is dying, has anyone got blisters from the evil Giant Hogweed yet? :D

 

...speak of the devil, I got stung by a giant hogweed doing this cache

today. :D

But, lucky for me it only left me with a slight rash :wub:

 

Be careful out there, this is a dangerous sport! :rolleyes:

Just googled giant hogweed, I don't think we get much round here. I've never seen any but it makes nettles look nicer! :)

 

giant_hogweed_granville.jpg

Link to comment

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...
Followers 6
×
×
  • Create New...