But really big shout outs to brave people who moved out of unhealthy environments and traded them for large risks and possible financial instability. Shout out to people in a new city broke as hell still making friends and trying to live your life. Shout out to people who had to leave the nest before they had a chance to figure themselves out and are now trying to do that under the weight of independence. Shoutout to immigrants who’s families built this country and still go under represented and under appreciated. Shout out to people struggling with their identity here there and everywhere.
Do any of u know what nettles are? Do u want to know the meaning behind this url? Stinging nettle is a pretty common plant in North America, Northern Europe, and much of Asia. It has stinging hairs on it that are a skin irritant, but it can be harvested and dried/boiled to make a tea that has both anti inflammatory and anti histamine properties, making it a very suitable treatment for many of my physical woes.
I have had acute sinusitis for as long as I can remember. Anyone I know will tell you that I am literally always congested, sniffling at least 50% of the time, and sneezing a lot. It’s honestly hellish. In addition to that I have a wide array of allergic reactions to airborne particles such as ragweed, certain pollen, dust, and especially dander. This HEAVILY extrapolates my acute sinusitis, meaning I contract an upper respiratory infection anywhere between 3 times a year, to once a month. I also live with cats, so I am constantly in a state of physical paranoia about where my misery is actually coming from. I desperately need to have my wisdom teeth removed, and my deviated septum fixed (both things that impact my sinuses and immune system) but my health insurance is garbage. So for the time being I self medicate, and pretty effectively treat myself with, you guessed it, stinging nettles. I also have some ghastly symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, which can be extremely painful, so the anti inflammatory properties help with that in addition to the swelling in my dumb face.
I also use mullein leaf, a spongey hairy leaf effective in bolstering the immune system, and I regularly boil ginger and Rosemary into an incredibly strong cocktail with honey to cleanse myself. So I sort of look at myself as a modern day herbalist. I’ve been able to treat my own ailments just as effectively, without a doubt better in a lot of cases, than any physician I’ve seen. I will continue to do so until I have a more comprehensive healthcare plan, and I will continue to be the Prince of Nettles.