Nettle – Urtica dioica
- Created: 31 July 2014
Family - Urticaceae
Nettle is ruled by the planet mars, the element fire and male gender.
Other Names: Naughty Man’s Plaything, Stinging Leaf, Hoky-poky, Devil’s Apron.
Nettle is native to Europe and Asia, though is now found through out the world. Nettle was once quite popular in the kitchen. In the 17th Century in Britain nettle pottage was a favourite dish, nettle soup and pudding were also popular in Scotland. In the country nettle beer was drunk, especially for gout and rheumatism. Romans where believed to introduce the stinging plant into Britain after they had experienced the damp and wet climate. They used the shoots to chastise themselves to increase their circulation and keep warm(sounds like fun).According to the Romans they believed nettle grew in places where the earth fairy had openings leading into the underground fairy passages.
The Anglo-Saxon name Netel is derived from the Dutch word for needle, referring to the sharp sting.
The perennial or annual plant is harvested when the plant is just before full flower. For the annual nettle (urens) this is late Autumn to Spring and for the perennial nettle (dioica) during the summer months. The annual nettle will grow readily from seed and will self seed and possible spread vigorously during the winter months. The perennial nettle is easily propagated by rhizome and will spread as far as the water allows it to.
Histamine, formic acid, acetylcholine, serotonin, carbonic acid, flavonoids – quercetin, kaempferol and isorhamnetin, vanillic acid, vallinin, glucoquinones and tannins.
Vitamins and minerals including high amounts of Silica, Iron, Vit A, B, and C
Actions and Indications Dosage:
• Circulatory stimulant
Nettle is a great all round tonic. All parts of the plant can be used medicinally.
The high vitamin C content prevents scurvy and helps the iron content in the plant being properly absorbed into the body.
Nettle helps to eliminate the body of uric acid and hence help to relieve gout and arthritis, as history has stated so many times. This is heightened with it’s diuretic effect. It has proved beneficial in the treatment of prostatitis, helping to significantly reduce the size of the prostate. The ariel parts also show to be anti-bacterial
Nettle root has also proven to be anti-fungal.
The astringent nature of nettle will help stop bleeding, and the whole nature of the herb helps the perfusion of tissues to help keep nutrients in and remove wastes out.
It is great for any sort of debility, malnutrition as well as pregnancy. Recent studies show that it may be beneficial in the treatment of cancers.
The fresh juice is a great tonic for anaemia and debilitated conditions as well as helping to soothe the sting of the nettle. It can be used for cardiac insufficiency with oedema.
The list of positive uses for nettle could go on. A great all round tonic.
Dried herb 2-4g
Liquid extract 1:1 is 3-4ml.
Tincture 1:5 is 2-6ml