Nettles are rich in minerals and vitamins (iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, chromium). In fact nettles have more iron than spinach. Nettles can strengthen and tone the whole system and can also be used for alleviating the symptoms of PMS and menopause. Rosemary Gladstar (well known herbalist) says of nettle that "she is convinced that it is one of the superior tonic herbs and is as important as many of the famous Chinese "long life" herbs." This is great because it is much easy to grow in your own garden than many of those Chinese herbs.
What do I use nettles for? I mainly dry nettles for use in my herbal teas. They are a key ingredient in my Womens’ Wellness Tea and I use them in other nutritive tea blends when I am feeling I need a bit of a “pick me up”. Nettles taste a bit “vegetative” (if that is even a word) and can be a bit strong when you first start drinking it so I tend to blend them with lemon balm and lemon verbena to mellow out the taste. Once you get used to the taste though, you may find yourself craving it after a while.