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Nettle weed (Urtica dioica) has a bad rap because of it's ability to cause a miserable itchy rash when touched but did you know it also has more protien than any other vegetable?

Stinging nettle has many benefits due to the plant's very high levels of minerals, especially, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. They also contain chlorophyll and tannins, and nettle plants are a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B complex vitamins. Nettles also have high levels of easily absorbable amino acids. It also contains histamine which makes it a great remedy for hayfever.

Stinging nettle is a herbaceous perennial, growing 3 to 7 ft tall in the summer and dying down to the ground in winter. This nutritious plant can be found on nearly every continent! Some of it's other names include Nettle leaf, Common Nettle, Net Plant, Devil's Leaf, Great Stinging Nettle and Dwarf Nettle.


Once nettle weed is dried or cooked it loses it's stinging factor and becomes not only a nourishing vegetable but a blood purifying spring tonic. Some of the medicinal benefits include:

  • ANEMIA - Nettle plants have a high iron content and their high vitamin c content makes the iron more easily absorbed by the body.
  • HAYFEVER - Many people show significant relief from hay fever when using stinging nettle.
  • GOUT AND ARTHRITIS - Helps clear uric acid from the body to reduce inflammation.
  • KIDNEY AND BLADDER PROBLEMS - Nettle weed is a diuretic.
  • STOPS EXCESSIVE BLEEDING - Can be used externally or internally. Great for excessive menstrual bleeding!
  • ENLARGED PROSTRATE - Said help symptoms of prostrate enlargement.
  • HEMORRHOIDS - Can be used internally and externally as a salve.
  • FATIGUE - Wow! Nettle weed can give you unbelievable energy that lasts throughout the day!


MAKE AN INFUSION - This is the best way to get all the benefits of nettle tea. An infusion is a large amount of herb steeped for 4 to 10 hours. Learn to make a nettle infusion if you want all day energy replace your coffee with this!

Nettle infusions should be drank within a couple days but if you have any left over use it as a hair rinse. It's a great tonic for both the hair and scalp!

MAKE A TINCTURE - Many herbalists believe that a nettle extract is not as beneficial as the infusion but a tincture is easy and convenient.

CAPSULES - Again not as effective as an infusion but capsules are available at health food stores.

NETTLE COMPRESS OR POULTICE - Soak a pad in the tincture and apply to painful joints, gout, sprains, tendinitis, etc. You can also use the dried plant to make a nettle poultice.

COOKING WITH NETTLE - When nettle is cooked it tastes a lot like spinach so it can be used in any recipe that calls for spinach. It can be steamed or boiled in the same way. If your harvesting fresh plants use only the young shoots that occur before flowering. Don't forget the gloves! Dried nettle weed can be used in anything. I've used it in soups, stews, chili and even lasagna!


Should you accidently get stung by the nettle plant you can use jewelweed to stop the itch just as you do for poison ivy. More plants that help remedy the sting are plantain, dock or yarrow. Simply crush up the leaves and rub on affected area.


While drinking a cold nettle infusion one day my very finicky cat (who will not even touch canned tuna) expressed an interest in the smell coming from my cup. Curious, I poured some in her dish and much to my amazement she lapped it up very quickly! I now share a couple tablespoons with her whenever I drink a cup. Maybe it's the chlorophyll or maybe the vitamins and minerals she craves but I know it must be good for her. I've since discovered she also enjoys a spot of chamomile tea now and then!

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