Beautanicals Herb Nursery


Nettle - Dry Herb 20gm

Nettle - Dry Herb 20gm Image

Parts Used: Above ground portion, root, seeds.

Properties: Adrenal Tonic, Alterative, Astringent, Cholagogue, Circulatory Stimulant, Diuretic, Expectorant, Galactagogue, Hemostatic, Hypoglycemic, Kidney Tonic, Mucolytic, Nutritive, Parturient, Respiratory Tonic, Rubefacient, Styptic, Thyroid Tonic, Tonic, Vermifuge.

Internal Uses: Acne, Allergies, Anemia, Arthritis, Asthma, Bronchitis, Cellulite, Colds, Convalescence, Cough, Cystitis, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Eczema, Edema, Fatigue, Food Allergies, Gout, Hay Fever, Headache, Heart Failure, Hemorrhage, Hemorrhoids, Hypertension, Infertility, Jaundice, Kidney Infection, Kidney Inflammation, Kidney Stones, Neuralgia, Night Sweats, Obesity, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Premenstrual Syndrome, Prostatitis, Psoriasis, Rheumatism, Rickets, Sinusitis, Tuberculosis, Urinary Infections, Varicose Veins

Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Juice.

Only the seeds are a thyroid tonic. The plant is a good tonic for pregnant and nursing mothers. Nettle helps reduce food sensitivities by binding immunoglobulin.
Topical Uses: Arthritis, Asthma, Balding, Dandruff, Gout, Hemorrhoids, Oily Skin, Palsy, Paralysis, Sciatica, Sunburn, Vaginitis

Topical Applications: Shampoo, conditioner and hair rinse for dandruff, stimulation of hair growth and prevention hair loss. Cleanser for oily skin. Astringent facial steam. Sitz bath for hemorrhoids, bath herb for arthritis. Douche for vaginitis. Wash for sunburn. Dried herb has been smoked for asthma. Getting stung by fresh Nettle plants can be therapeutic and is helpful in treatment for arthritis, gout, palsy, paralysis and sciatica. Direct the sting to the area needed. The sting may last all day.

Culinary uses: Young tender shoots are edible cooked as a potherb, steamed, or in soups. Pink underground stems are edible. Nettle beer. The juice was once used to curdle milk. Cooking and/or drying the herb inactivates the stinging hairs. Hang a bunch of Nettles in the kitchen to deter flies.

Energetics: Bitter, Salty, Cool, Dry.
Chemical Constituents: Formic acid (only in fresh plant -- there is debate as to whether formic acid or the histamine causes the sting), betaine, histamine, acetylcholine, glucoquinone, chlorogenic acid, mucilage, tannin, silica, beta carotene, calcium, iron, chlorophyll, choline.

Contraindications: Touching the fresh plant can cause a burning rash. Wearing gloves when collecting can help prevent this, but hairs in large plants may still pierce through gloves. A Nettle sting can be soothed with a poultice of Yellow Dock, Plantain or Nettle juice. Avoid eating the raw plant unless it is very young and you are very brave. Due to cystolitins, older leaves tend to irritate the kidneys more than young leaves.

Comments: Urtica is from the Latin urere which means 'to burn' in reference to the stinging hairs, and dioica means 'two dwellings' as male and female flowers grow on different plants. Urtica is also a medieval term for 'hive'. Using Nettle tea to water other plants in the garden stimulates their growth and makes them more resistant to bugs. Plants growing close to Nettle tend to be stronger in their volatile oils. When added to the compost pile, it hastens breakdown. Nettle stalks are strong and can be woven to make cloth, sails or twine. When lactating animals are fed Nettles they produce more milk, and chickens produce more eggs.

Rudolph Steiner called the Nettle plant 'Heart of the world' because it radiated healing energy to people and the plants around it. Lelord Kordel said about Nettles 'The sting of Nettles is but nothing compared to the pain that it heals'. The sting of Urtica urentissima is said to last a year. Fortunately, this claim is untrue.

The common name Nettle also includes the species Urtica urens, Urtica gracilis, Urtica californica, and Urtica holosericea, which are used interchangeably with Urtica dioica.

20 gm packet

Due to exorbitant overseas postage costs, the dried herbs can only be posted within Australia.