Plant uses: Nettle has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years for cleansing and detoxification. Nettle also contains a wide variety of minerals and nutrients; many of which may act as antioxidants. It has long been used as a diuretic and to treat painful muscles and joints. Nettle may also help with arthritus, eczema, gout and anemia and other infammatory issues. Its high potassium content and antihistamine properties has been known to help reduce allergies.
Plant preparation: Infusion or long infusion – make a nourishing cup of tea.
Scientific name: Urtica dioica
Other common names: Common nettle, stinging nettle, nettle leaf.
Part Used: Leaf
Energetics and taste: Cooling, drying, tonic, stimulant, salty, sweet.
Plant properties: Diuretic, nutrient tonic, astingent, antihistamine, inflammation modulating.
Cautions and contraindications: With all herbs, it is important you do your own research before consuming them. Although many herbs are generally safe to use, some herbs may have interactions with medication or be unsuitable to use during pregnancy.