today i learned – tues 21st may 2019

this is one of those posts that makes me feel like a mythbuster 😏 move over adam savage 😜

#tdil how dock leaves help to relieve the pain of a good ole nettle sting

so, i guess we should begin with understanding how nettles actually sting you in the first place! like many a medieval tale, t’s all down to poison 😳

as you may have noticed, nettles leaves are covered in tiny hairs – these are actually hollow pointed cells that are tipped with pure silica. when you brush against them, they inject irratants – usually formic acid and histamines – into the skin.

it’s these lovely chemicals that cause the itching and redness etc that you experience when you get stung 😒

that’s where dock leaves come in πŸ’ͺ🏻 … you see, it is said that rubbing a dock leaf on the affected (effected? πŸ€”) area releases the dock leave’s sap on the area and helps to soothe pain.

whilst no one is 100% certain how it helps, people tend to think that the sap evaportating from the skin has a surface cooling effect …

there’s also a theory that the dock leaf sap could contain an antihistamine that reduces irritation … but scientists haven’t confirmed that πŸ‘¨πŸΌβ€πŸ”¬

what they have confirmed, however, is that the theory that dock leaf sap is an alkaline that neutralises nettle acid isn’t correct … appaz dock leaf sap is also acid #awks πŸ˜…

of course, there’s also the chance that it’s all just a placebo that has built up over the years … either way, at least it works!

peace πŸ™ŒπŸ» #tdil

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