Urtica dioica, U.urens, U. gracilis
Common Name: Nettle, Stinging Nettle, Wild Spinach, Devils Leaf
Tincture (ratio & alcohol %): Fresh: leaves or roots 1:2 to 1:4 95% Dry: 1:5 50% alcohol
Drops: 30-60 Times a day: 3x
Glycerite: Fresh leaf 1:2.5-1:4 Glycerin: 50% Water: 50%
Drops: 30-60 Times a day: 3x
Acetum Extract: Fresh leaves 1:2.5-1:4 organic ACV or simplers method
Dosage: 1tsp Times a day: 1-3x before mealsTea: 8-12 oz of standard or cold infusion of the leaves
Times a day: 3-4x
Decoction: 4-8 oz strong decoction or cold infusion of the root
Times a day: 2-3x
Habitat and Botanical Description:
Nettle has been used as a food, herb, and fiber for thousands of years!
Nettle is famous for its sting! The stinging feeling is induced by the formic acid and histamine present in small hairs that coat the stems and leaves. These sharp hairs pierce the skin upon contact and then detach, releasing their chemicals and the pain often persists for several hours or longer.
On a brighter note, Nettle provides the highest source of plant protein in the forest. A highly nutritive land plant rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C ,E and K, iron, selenium, magnesium, chlorophyll. silica, calcium. This immune boosting herb contains astringent qualities with gentle decongestant properties and support lax mucous membranes. Those with seasonal allergies or recovering from acute illnesses accompanied by a runny nose, watery eyes, coughing will find nettles help to alleviate these symptoms.
Nettle leaf and root have been found to be beneficial in addressing kidney and genitourinary system issues. Both have diuretic properties which aid in eliminating toxins and flushing the urinary system. Nettles provide relief for urinary discomfort, strengthen and tone the kidneys, and improve overall vitality. The herb is also useful in treating fluid retention, cystitis, urethritis, prostatitis, and even softening and expelling kidney stones and gravel from the urinary tract.
Nettle is a specific for women and can be used throughout all her stages in life. An excellent tonic for PMS, new mothers by nourishing and promoting milk flow and building the blood. Drinking the tea will also nourish the breast milk. Nettles hemostatic properties help with excessive bleeding during menstruation, mid cycle spotting, minor bleeding in stools, hemorrhoids.
Nettle root has a much stronger affinity for the prostate and the male reproductive system. Nettle root increases urine flow and reduces frequency of urination at night (primary complaint in BPH). The root combines nicely with the leaf which is a stronger diuretic, great for reducing inflammation for prostatitis and nutritive for debilitated tissues. Proper dosage varies from person to person and should be consulted with a clinical herbalist. But generally, Nettle can be eaten raw, as a daily nourishing tonic, teas and tinctures are all beneficial.
Nettle is ruled by the planet of Aries, which is the spark of fire! Aries is impulsive, hot, the vital force is moving up and out just like we see at the beginning of the spring season. Readily available during this time, it is the perfect plant medicine for us.
Regular use of Urtica has been used to improve skin and hair. Susan weed raves about Nettle drunk as a infusion and applied as a hair rinse for "glossy, think, vibrant hair, healthy hard nails and clear lustrous smooth skin" Using a localized application of ACV is most effective for dandruff and hair loss and can be used as a darkening agent for dark hair.
- Popham, Sajah. Alchemical Herbalism Course. School of Evolutionary Herbalism. Lecture Notes; 2020
- Popham, Sajah. The Vitalist Herbal Practitioner Program. School of Evolutionary Herbalism. Lecture Notes; 2021
- Sinadinos, Christa. The Essential Guide to Western Botanical Medicine. Fieldbrook, CA; 2020
- Sinadinos, Christa. Northwest School for Botanical Studies Course. Lecture Notes; 2014
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