Nettles (Stinging) - Benefits And Side Effects
Botanical name: Urtica dioica
Actions: Astringent, diuretic, expectorant, galactagogue, hemostatic, nutritive and tonic
Parts used : Leaves.
Nettle is a leafy plant that is found in most temperate regions of the world. The Latin root of Urtica is uro, meaning "I burn," indicative of the small stings caused by the little hairs on the leaves of this plant that burn when contact is made with the skin. The root and leaves of nettle are used in herbal medicine.
Stinging nettle is the name given to common nettle, garden nettle, and hybrids of these two plants. Originally from the colder regions of northern Europe and Asia, today this herbaceous shrub grows all over the world. Stinging nettle grows well in nitrogen-rich soil, blooms between June and September, and reaches nearly 3 feet high.
The branching stems underground multiply by themselves and have multiple shoots. The leaves are heart-shaped, finely toothed, and tapered at the ends. The entire plant is covered with tiny stinging hairs, mostly on the underside of the leaves and stem.
Medical uses and benefits of Nettles
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