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Urtica Dioica

Stinging nettle

Known as stinging nettle, is a perennial flowering plant that is well-known for its stinging hairs that can cause skin irritation upon contact. Despite its "stinging" nature, stinging nettle has been used for various purposes, including as a medicinal herb, food source, and fiber for making textiles. 
Urtica Dioica


Stinging Nettle




Stinging nettle is an anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, mild hypoglycemic, diuretic, anti-hemorrhagic, hemostatic, detoxifier, vasodilator, circulatory stimulant, hypotensive, nutritive, galactagogue, astringent, expectorant, anti-allergic, reduces BPH, and anti-rheumatic.


Stinging nettle has many benefits including allergy relief, diuretic effects, can control blood sugar and help manage prostate health.


    Urtica dioica, or stinging nettle, is associated with several potential health benefits and is nutrient rich in vitamins (A and K) and minerals (including iron, magnesium, and calcium.) Stinging nettle has many anti-inflammatory effects and can be helpful for conditions such as arthritis and joint pain. Itcan also relieve allergies and symptoms of hay fever. Other research suggests that stinging nettle can impact lower blood sugar levels which is beneficial for those with diabetes. 


    Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) leaves, roots, and stems can be used in various ways and are all utilized for different purposes. The stinging nettle leaves can be dried and made into a tea or blanched, cooked, and eaten as greens. The leaves are safe to eat when cooked due to the destruction of the stinging hairs and commonly used in soups and stews.  Other usage includes topical applications in the forms of creams and ointments, supplements and capsules, tinctures and alcohol extracts.


    Stinging nettle is widespread in Europe, Asia, North America, and northern Africa and has a long history of use in both culinary and in traditional medicine. Ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans utilized it for various medicinal purposes including as a diuretic and to treat arthritis. Native American tribes also used stinging nettle for various purposes and employed for its potential medicinal properties, and some tribes used the fibers to create cordage and textiles.

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