Posted by LindaTX8
(Medina Co., TX - Zone 8a) on Dec 4, 2011 11:43 AM concerning plant:
The first Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) I had came from a friend, who shared plants she originally got from a nursery. Later I bought seeds of Urtica dioica and grew some from those. This is the most popular herbal nettle which has been used for centuries by mankind. It is native to the temperate regions of Europe and Asia and various other places. Most likely brought to the U.S. by those who settled here and brought their herbal seeds. It has naturalized in many areas, joining the native stinging nettles, such as Urtica chamaedryoides. Nettle leaves are considered to be among the most valuable herbal remedies. Among its many nutrients are vitamin C, iron, vitamin K and Boron. It's used as a general tonic and to treat allergies, congestion, anemia, arthritis, Osteoporosis, dental plaque and is used in commercial hair conditioners. It requires care to collect the plant, however, as it can sting. I just use gloves or tongs to collect some for my tea. Once in hot water, it loses all stinging tendencies. Also, once it is dried it is harmless also. It can even be chopped up and added to food while cooking. Collect the fresher leaves.
Posted by SongofJoy
(Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Mar 18, 2012 8:19 AM concerning plant:
Stinging nettle leaf has a long history (from ancient Greek times) as a diuretic and laxative.
Stinging nettle root has been used for urination problems related to an enlarged prostate as well as for joint ailments and as an astringent. The above-ground parts are used for allergies, hayfever, and osteoarthritis.
Some people use the above ground parts for internal bleeding, including bowel bleeding, uterine bleeding, and nosebleeds. Above ground parts have also been used for anemia, spleen problems, circulatory problems, excess stomach acid, diarrhea, dysentery, asthma, lung congestion, rash and eczema, cancer, wound healing, and as a general tonic.
Above ground parts are sometimes used as a poultice applied to the skin for muscle aches and pains, oily scalp, oily hair, and hair loss.
Young stinging nettle can be eaten as a cooked vegetable.
In manufacturing, stinging nettle extract is used in hair and skin products.
Be sure to tell your doctor if you are using any OTC herbs like this in order to prevent possible adverse interactions with some medications.