Nettle has been used worldwide for centuries in a variety of countries and cultures. It has been eaten as a wild food plant, applied topically to the skin, and drunk as an herbal tea. It was used extensively for its fibers and was woven into cloth. Nettle fibers were considered to be high quality and comparable to flax or hemp in Northern Europe. Nettle supports healthy urinary function and is a mild diuretic.
Nettle is a perennial plant. The leaves and stems are very hairy with nonstinging hairs, and, some subspecies of Nettle also have many stinging hairs called trichomes. When the plant is touched the tips come off and cause paresthesia.
Common Name: Stinging Nettle (other name Nettle)
Botanical Name: Urtica dioica L. ssp. dioica
Plant Name: Urticaceae
Not for use in pregnancy. Although I do recommend if you intend to use this herb medicinally, you seek the advice of a qualified health practitioner, especially while pregnant and nursing.
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