Herbs Guide


Family Name: Urticaceae

Botanical Name(s): Urtica Dioica

Popular Name(s): Stinging Nettle, Common Stinging Nettle and Common Nettle

Parts Used: Aerial parts

Habitat: It is native to Eurasia.

Description: It is a coarse creeping perennial with yellow roots and ovate leaves covered with bristly stinging hairs and small green flowers are borne.

Uses: The leaves are used internally for anemia, hemorrhage (specially of the uterus), heavy menstrual bleeding, hemorrhoids, arthritis, gout and rheumatism, allergies and skin complaints, especially for eczema. The roots are used for allergies and to reduce prostate enlargement and interact with testosterone binding protein. The lections contained in nettle appear to have immune stimulant properties.