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You can also collect stinging nettle from cattle pastures in the Midwest. If you have ever run through a patch of it, you will remember what it looks like. The undersides of the leaves and the stems are covered in tiny hairs that contain formic acid. If it touches your bare skin, it feels like being bitten by a fire ant. However, if you pull it with gloves on and pull the leaves of and let them dry in the sun, the stinging capacity is gone, and you can powder the leaves in a coffee grinder or however else you would like.
 
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