Dock Leaf Nettle. May 29, 2022 at 7:00 am. Many have suggested that dock leaves are alkaline in nature and therefore neutralise the formic acid present after the sting but this statement has since been challenged.
One possibility is that dock leaf juice evaporating. I can’t remember knowing any cure for nettle stings. Dock leaves and stinging nettles grow in similar habitats.
Nevertheless, Many Find That The Dock Leaf Remedy Seems To Work, So There May Be Other Reasons For This.
Try 3 issues of bbc wildlife magazine for just £5. Dock leaves and stinging nettles grow in similar habitats. So that's definitely not true.
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Me and many other children around the world were taught that stinging nettles sting because their poison contains acids. But dock leaf sap is acidic too, so this cannot be true. Dock leaves and stinging nettle grow in similar environments, and it has been found that rubbing dock leaves against one’s skin releases a soothing moisture (kind of like aloe).
One Possibility Is That Dock Leaf Juice Evaporating.
Dock leaves are a sworn analgesic proof against nettle stings. May 29, 2022 at 7:00 am. Dock leaves and stinging nettle grow in similar environments, and it has been found that rubbing dock leaves against one’s skin releases a soothing moisture (kind of like aloe).
No Is The Short Answer.
Nettles are used in soup and there is a belief that they are useful to cure arthritis [natural history museum, london, may 2012]. There have been various claims that the sap in the soft, leafy plant is alkaline, and helps to neutralise the formic acid and other acids in the nettle sting. Nettle hairs (trichomes) are very sharp and upon penetrating our skin donate some of their oxalic acid, dropping the ph of skin cells to 4 and lower, and that stings.
Dock Leaf Sap Contains A Natural.
The sap of the dock leaf is also acidic, meaning neutralisation would not possible. Sadly for my childhood knees, the answer is no. Dock leaf is a folk medicine that arises from the existence of stinging nettle.