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Scientific Name: Urtica dioica

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Urtica dioica
Urtica dioica


  • Perennial
  • Perennial stinging nettle is native to Eurasia.
  • It is an erect herb with drooping ovate, pointed, deeply toothed leaves which are covered with bristly stinging hairs.
  • Minute green flowers, with males and females on seperate plants, are borne in pendulous clusters in summer.
  • It needs moist nitrogen-rich soil in sun or dappled shade.
  • Seeds can be sown in spring.

Culinary Uses

  • Young leaves are cooked like spinach, made into soup, added to meat, egg and vegetable dishes.
  • An ingredient of herbal beer.

Parts Used

  • Leaves and flowering tops
  • Fine hair on leaves and stems cause skin irritation. Use gloves to harvest.
  • Cure - apply Bulbine juice

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Nutritional supplement.
  • Rich in calcium, potassium, iron, flavonoids
  • High Vitamin C content - help body absorbs iron properly
  • Rheumatism, arthritis, gout
  • Natural diuretic - cleanse system
  • Prevent and treat kidney gravel
  • Roots treat enlarged prostate
  • Analgesic (pynstillend)
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Tonic for debilitated conditions (verswaktes) and anaemia
  • Stop nose bleeds
  • Hayfever, asthma, eczema, itchy skin
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