The common stinging nettle (also known
as greater nettle). This plant is found
all over the world. The sting refers to
tiny hairs on the leaves which inject
a skin irritant (containing the component
– histamine) when touched. This
sting is lost when the plant is dried
Nettle has been used as a vegetable,
in hair and scalp preparations and also
as a folk remedy.
Benefits / Functions
Tonic. Iron tonic. Blood cleanser. Mild
diuretic (promotes urination). Rich in
C and E (especially vitamin
E), protein, minerals
Iron deficiency anemia, exhaustion and
lethargy. Excellent for pregnancy and
nursing mothers – ensuring adequate
iron levels and good milk supply.
Hair loss. Nettle rash and nervous eczema.
The roots are helpful for treating the
swelling of the prostate.
Method and dose
The tea may be taken freely. For anemia,
use in soups or cook as spinach.
For hair loss, make a strong tea and use
as a hair rinse.
Adverse effects from drinking nettle tea
has been reported (including stomach upsets,
burning sensations on the skin, difficulty
in urination and bloating. If any of these
symptoms occur, discontinue use immediately).