Information on Nettle

Latin NameUrtica dioicaphoto
Other NamesStinging nettle
Part UsedLeaf, rhizome
Herb FormsTincture, capsule, bulk herb.
AffectsBlood, Digestive system, Urinary system
CautionsThe fresh leaves can cause skin rash.
Botanical InfoAn upright perennial herb spreading by creeping underground stems from the Nettle family with bristly leaves beset with stinging hairs. The plant has sprays of nondescript flowers.
DescriptionNettles, known to be rich in chlorophyll and minerals, are used for anemia and weak blood and have shown antiallergic properties in hay fever. The cool tea is taken for urinary problems, such as cystitis and gravel. Nettles increase the excretion of uric acid and are used internally or externally for arthritis and rheumatism. Nettles are slightly diuretic, cleansing, and hemostatic. The rhizomes are often recommended by herbalists in Europe to alleviate inflammation and swelling of the prostate gland and are blended with saw palmetto. The nettle greens are among the most nutritious foods known, containing a large portion of vitamins, minerals, chlorophyl, and a complete protein. The powdered or fresh greens can be used as a tea or food to help build the blood in cases of blood deficiency with fatigue, or as a preventative; useful during pregnancy. After steaming, the stinging properties are completely destroyed.

Nettles has a taste of SALTY, BITTER and a temperature of COOL.

Dosages

TypeDosage
Infusion1-2 cups 2-3 x daily
Tincture1-2 droppersful 2-3 x daily

Ailments Treated by Nettle

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Allergiesantihistaminetincture, capsule, tea
Anemiablood buildertea, tincture, capsule, tablet
Baldnessrich in mineralstea, internally and externally
Blood pressure, lowblood buildertincture, capsule, tablet, tea
Bones, brokenmineral tonictincture, externally; homeopathic tablet internally
Debilityblood tonictea, tincture, capsule
Hay feverantihistamine, antiallergentincture, tablets, capsules, tea
Nails, brittlemineral tonictea, tincture, tablet, capsule
Prostate imbalancestonictincture, tea, tablet, capsule
Scalp conditionsmineral tonictea internally and as a rinse
Tendonitistendon-strengtheningtincture, capsule, tea
Urine retentionmild diureticleaf tincture or capsule
Convalescence, from long-term illnessnutritive tonictea, extract

References

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