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Stinging Nettle

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Most Common Name: Nettle
Botanical Name: Urtica Dioica
Also Known As (other names): Stinging nettle

The nettle or stinging nettle is found everywhere. It normally can be seen in neglected building sites.

Widely recognised as a weed it is easily recognised by its almost square stem and prickly leaves that carry the cells producing formic acid the irritant that causes the stinging sensation when touched. When processing the herb by boiling the steam should be avoided as it will be rich in formic acid.

Nettle has been used for years to treat inflammation, allergies and rheumatism. More recently its value in treating milder cases of prostate hyperplasia has been recognised too. 

It is used for, or in treatment of:

Skin disordersDiureticAstringent
Blood tonicHemorrhage 


Administered as:

 Dried HerbInfusionDecoction
Liquid extractDried Extract 

What is?

A CompressA DecoctionA Herbal VinegarA Fluid Extract
An InfusionAn OintmentA PoulticeA Powder
A SalveA SyrupA TeaA Tincture


Constituents (i.e. what has been reported to be in this herb):

TriterpenesSerotoninBetaineVitamin C


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