Today we learned the difference between red dead nettle or purple dead nettle (Lamium purpureum) and self-heal (Prunella vulgaris). Self-heal is a very healing anti-inflammatory, anti bacterial herb that commonly grows in natural lawns, we use it in our Balsam Rose Skin Balm. We are growing our own this year. Below you can view the self-heal seedlings, a young self-heal plant, and some harvested self-heal from last season.
We took a close look at a very similar plant growing quite big right now and learned it is purple dead nettle or red dead nettle. This edible "weed" is a non-stinging nettle of the mint family. Did you know that you can identify mint plants by their square stems?. The whole plant is astringent, diaphoretic, diuretic, purgative and styptic (meaning that it helps to stop bleeding). Below are the purple dead nettle plants that are growing in our front yard.