Stinging Nettle  - Urtica Spp.

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This Stinging Nettle (Urtica spp.) monograph is an excerpt from the 1999, first edition of Dr. Sharol's book "Herbal Medicine From The Heart of The Earth." You can purchase the 2020, third edition of this book with an expanded materia medica/monograph section, herbal formulas and directions on making herbal products in Dr. Sharol's Book Store. You receive free shipping in the USA. The expanded 3rd edition materia medica, and additional herbal tidbits are also available as a kindle ebook at Amazon and details on this e-book are here.

Stinging Nettle aerial tops and root - Urtica spp. in the Urticaceae or Nettle family

Both the aerial tops and the root are used. Below you will find first the aerial top use and then the use for the root.

Part used: Aerial tops when young, prior to bud or flowering. Note: Never harvest after  flowers appear. The herb harvested at this time may cause urinary tract irritation.

Taste/smell: Nutritious taste resembling spinach.

Tendencies: Drying, stimulating.

Dosage: Infusion: 1 heaping tablespoon per cup of water decoction/overnight infusion if minerals are desired (the infusion tastes best, is easiest and has almost the exact same amount of minerals as the decoction; or 1:1 fresh + D strength liquid extract: 10-60 drops 1-4 times per day.

Mental picture and specific indications: It is indicated for profuse discharges from mucous membranes, sensations of heat and itching.  Nettle favors elimination of uric acid. Nettle benefits the spleen. Symptoms are worse from very cold air, water, cool moist air, touch and the symptoms return at the same time each year.

Use: (a) Alterative, (b) Alkalinizing diuretic, (c) Urinary tract tonic, (d) Rubefacient, (e) Nutritive, (f) Anti-inflammatory, Antioxidant.

Use: Nettle is beneficial as a spring tonic and rejuvenator. It has a supportive effect on the immune system, the circulation, the urinary tract, nervous system, respiratory tract, digestive system and the endocrine system.

Nettle is very nutritious. It contains considerable amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, silicic acid and iron. This is why it is commonly used as a food for it's nutrient content.


Part used: Root.

Taste/smell: Bland.

Tendencies: Astringent.

Dosage: Decoction: 2 teaspoons per cup of water; or 1:2 fresh strength liquid extract: 20-40 drops 1-4 times per day.

Use: (a) Astringent gargle, (b) Diuretic, (c) Healing agent to arrest bleeding, (d) Treatment for benign prostatic hyperplasia.

Clinical studies show improvement in benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) symptoms such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate with use of Nettle root.

Contraindications: Information unavailable at this time.

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