Myths about health and wealth
Nettles in a pocket will keep a person safe from lightning and bestow courage.
Nettles kept in a room will protect anyone inside. (This may have arisen from common knowledge of the tremendous amount of nutrientsnettles offer, making them a powerful plant in that sense.)
Arthritic joints were sometimes treated by whipping the joint with a branch of stinging nettles. The theory was that it stimulated the adrenalsand thus reduced swelling and pain in the joint. A controlled study in the year 2000 supports the effectiveness of this treatment.
Nettles are reputed to enhance fertility in men, and fever could be dispelled by plucking a nettle up by its roots while reciting the names of the sick man and his family.