Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)

Stinging nettle is a plant with pointed leaves and white to yellowish flowers. Ancient Egyptians used stinging nettle to treat arthritis and lower back pain, while Roman troops rubbed it on themselves to help stay warm.

Its scientific name comes from the Latin word uro, which means “to burn,” because its leaves can cause a temporary burning sensation upon contact.

Health benefits of stinging nettle may include its ability to detoxify the body, ease seasonal allergies, boost immunity, increase circulation, improve energy levels, manage menstruation, minimise menopausal symptoms, and aid in skin care.

In Western herbal medicine, it has traditionally been used as a tonic herb and recommended for complaints associated with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and urinary tract infections.

Part used:



Salty, slightly bitter, cooling, drying


Anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, antioxidant, astringent, diuretic, hepatoprotective, irritant (topical), nutritive tonic.

  • Inflammatory joint disease – arthritis, tendonitis
  • Neuralgia
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Atopic eczema
  • Benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • Prostate cancer
  • Inflammatory conditions of the urinary tract
  • Fluid retention
  • Prevention of chemical toxicity and liver damage
  • Fatigue, general weakness

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Nettle is used in our Mother Nature and Cleansing Tea