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Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioca)- Leaf or Root

Stinging Nettles (Urtica Dioica)

Nettles, often referred to as Stinging Nettles is native to Northern Africa, Asia and Europe. Its effects are distinct to the part of the plant. The root has traditionally been used to relieve urinary symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia. It also has diuretic effects and has been used to flush the urinary tract in minor urinary conditions. In addition it can decrease blood sugar, improve cardiovascular health, immunity and brain function (it is rich in neurotransmitters such as 5HT & Serotonin).

The leaves are extremely nutritious with a wide variety of nutrients and functions. They have traditionally been used for painful muscles and joints such as seen in arthritis, gout and eczema- and may reduce reliance on anti- inflammatory medicines.

Other Traditional Uses (of the leaves)
- To aid fertility & support a healthy pregnancy
- To reduce menstrual flow
- To control nose bleeds and
- To stimulate hair growth (when applied to the scalp)

Directions: It is often taken as an infusion or decoction (root)

Dosage: Check with us as based on requirements

Seek medical advise if you have a bleeding disorder or are on blood thinning medications
Can cause low blood pressure, use with caution if prone to low blood pressure
Seek medical advise if on diuretics or fluid restricted (e.g. kidney and heart failure)
Exercise caution with diabetes
May cause skin reaction when applied to skin
Always seek professional advice in pregnancy

Useful Information
Nettles, especially the leaf is a nutrient rich herb as it contains: Chlorophyll, iron, silicon, potassium, vitamins A and C; and vitamins D, E, F, K, calcium, sulphur, sodium, copper, manganese, chromium, and zinc