Stinging Nettle Leaf (Organic)

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Common name: Stinging nettle, common nettle, urtica radix (root) urtica herba, urtica galeopsifolia

Family: Urticaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Generally regarded as a weed. It grows throughout the temperate regions of the world particularly on nitrate rich soils in waste places. Aerial parts are picked in summer when the plant is in flower. The root is harvested in summer.

Parts used: Aerial parts

Traditional use: The plant has been used extensively throughout history for a variety of uses. Cleansing, detoxifying with diuretic action. High potassium content increase urine production and elimination of waste products. Astringent properties aid in slow or stopping bleeding from wounds or nose bleeds. Allergies its anti- allergic properties treat hay fever, asthma, itchy skin conditions, and insect bites. Nitrogen fixer in soils, source of fibre, spring vegetable, livestock fodder and oil.

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Common name: Stinging nettle, common nettle, urtica radix (root) urtica herba, urtica galeopsifolia

Family: Urticaceae

Habitat/Cultivation: Generally regarded as a weed. It grows throughout the temperate regions of the world particularly on nitrate rich soils in waste places. Aerial parts are picked in summer when the plant is in flower. The root is harvested in summer.

Parts used: Aerial parts

Traditional use: The plant has been used extensively throughout history for a variety of uses. Cleansing, detoxifying with diuretic action. High potassium content increase urine production and elimination of waste products. Astringent properties aid in slow or stopping bleeding from wounds or nose bleeds. Allergies its anti- allergic properties treat hay fever, asthma, itchy skin conditions, and insect bites. Nitrogen fixer in soils, source of fibre, spring vegetable, livestock fodder and oil.

Constituents: Histamine, formic acid, chlorophyll, glucoquinone, iron, vitamin C. flavonoids (quercitin) minerals (calcium, potassium, silicic acid,iron)

Actions: Astringent, diuretic, tonic. prevents haemorrhaging, anti-allergenic, increases breast milk (leaf) reduces prostrate enlargement (radix)

Medicinal use: Allergic rhinitis Anaemia due to heavy menstrual bleeding, Bites , stings, mild asthma nappy rash, nettle rash, nosebleeds.

Research: Research on the radix in US, Germany and Japan has established its value as a medicine for benign prostrate hypertrophy. (enlargement)

Dosage & forms: Ointments of leaves for skin, infusion of leaves as a tonic.

Folk-lore: In Hans Andersons fairy-tale of the Princess and the Eleven Swans, the coats she wove for them were made of nettles. Indeed nettle fibers, like hemp and flax have been used for textiles. A quaint old superstition exited that a fever could be dispelled by plucking a Nettle up by its roots, reciting thereby the names of the sick man and also the names of his family. Called “wergulu” in old Wessex in the tenth century, nettle was one of the nine sacred herbs, along with mugwort, plantain, watercress, chamomile, crab apple, chervil, and fennel. (http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail107.php#6)

References:

Chevallier, A., (1996) The Encyclopaedia of Medicinal Plants. London: Dorling Kindersley.

Hoffman, D.,(1990) Holistic Herbal.GB. Elements books Ltd

Mills, S., Bone, K. (2000)Principles and Practices of Phytotherapy: modern herbal medicine. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone.

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