Nettle Plant Identification – Herbal Walk Series

By | June 22, 2018

Nettle, Urtica dioica (Urticaceae) – Use parts: Aerial Parts, Seeds, Roots

While its prickly sting is considered a nuisance by hikers and farmers, nettle
is the popular, cool kid of the herbal world—herbalists love nettles! Nettle leaf is a quintessential nourishing herbal tonic, rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and other vitamins and minerals, and can be drunk in tea or eaten daily. Nettle nourishes, supports and energizes the whole body, is richly nourishing to the blood, assists the body in nutrient and protein assimilation, and supports the body’s energy levels to allay fatigue.

Beyond providing a rich supply of nutrients, nettle leaf and root also aid elimination of waste and toxins from the body, helping in the case of arthritis, gout, and skin problems like eczema. Fresh nettle leaf is anti-allergenic and anti-inflammatory, and can be useful in cases of hay fever and allergies. If stung by nettle, you can squeeze a little of the leaf juice or tea onto the sting to soothe. Nettle is astringent so can be slightly drying. Add a pinch of marshmallow or licorice if nettle’s drying effects are too much!

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