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Stinging Nettle (Nettles, Urtica dioica)

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General Description

Stinging nettle is a perennial plant found in damp woods and grassy areas in temperate regions throughout the world. It has a creeping root, which produces a bristled stem growing from 1 to 2 meters in height. The plant has deep green, serrated, heart-shaped leaves, which are covered on the undersides with fine hairs that cause a burning sensation upon contact with the skin. The leaves and root are used for health applications. Rich in chlorophyll, vitamin C and beta-carotene, nettle leaves also contain calcium, potassium salts and silicic acid. The root contains beta sitosterol in free forms and as glycosides, as well as a compound known as scopoletin.

Health Applications

  • Prostate Support
  • Kidney & Urinary Tract Health

Dosage/Toxicity

When taking stinging nettles for prostate health, 360 milligrams are recommended per day in divided doses. For respiratory health, recommendations are for 600-900 milligrams in capsules or tablets or 6-12 milliliter ticture, both in divided doses, per day.