Common names: Stinging Nettle, Common Nettle, Great Stinging Nettle, Nettle
Plant Description: Nettles, or stinging nettles, are a perennial plant growing worldwide in wet, wooded areas, and wastelands all over the United States. It grows 2-7 feet high with a richly-branched yellow rhizome which spreads over large areas. The stems are covered with long stinging hairs and short bristly hairs. The leaves are opposite, cordate, pointed, and deeply toothed. The unisexual flowers, which bloom from July to September, are arranged in drooping panicles, and colored white to yellow to greenish-yellow. Nettles have a nasty reputation for the sting from the hairs and bristles present on the leaves and stems. The stinging sensation from contact with the hairs is caused by the presence of formic acid and amines (histamine, serotonin and choline).
Dosage: 30-60 drops in water or juice, 2-3 times daily or as needed. Shake well before using.
Cautions & Interactions: Do not take during pregnancy. Keep out of reach of children.
Efficacy Studies & Other Clinical Data:
- Sonoma County Herb Association - Nettles
- Superb Herb - Stinging Nettles
- Snowbound Herbals Herb of the Month - Nettles
- Econetwork - Nettles
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