stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)

wild stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) leaves healthy natural medicinal herbs

« Despite nettle's sting, most herbalists will search high and low for a yearly supply of this valuable herbal tonic »

Common name(s): stinging nettle, nettle, nettle leaf

Family: Urticaceae

Origin: Europe, western Asia, and North Africa

Parts used: leaves, roots, seeds

Constituents: acids (carbonic, caffeic, chlorogenic, formic, silicic, citric, fumaric, malic, oxalic, succinic), amines (Ach, betain, choline, lecithin, histamine, serotonin), lignans, flavonoids (quercetin, kaempferol, and rutin), vitamins A, B2, B5, C, K+, Ca+, silicon, dietary fiber & protein, nitrates, sterols, tannins, glucoquinones, lectin, triterpenes, phenolic acid

Therapeutic actions: alterative, astringent,  hemostatic, galactagogue, expectorant, anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, diuretic, anti-hemorrhagic, detoxifier, nutritive, anti-allergic, anti-rheumatic

Organs or systems affected: blood, kidneys, liver, lungs, bodily fluids

Main medicinal uses:

  • supplies multitude of nutrients and proteins
  • tonifies the body
  • relieves allergy symptoms
  • relieves inflammatory pain
  • supports and heals the nerves and surrounding tissues
  • stimulates and supports thyroid, kidneys, prostate, scalp

Counterindications: Some consider stinging nettle to be too drying, leading to symptoms such as headaches or constipation. If this seems true for you, blend it with something moistening such as violet, which will lessen the drying effects and still provide the bountiful benefits.

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