Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) Non-Native

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)

Parts used: aerial parts, root

Medicinal uses: Its key use is as a cleansing, detoxifying herb. It has a diuretic action and increases urine productions and the elimination of waste products. It also helps many skin conditions and arthritic problems. As an astringent it slows or stops bleeding from wounds and nosebleeds and is good for heavy menstrual bleeding. It is also an antiallergenic, treating hay fever, asthma, itchy skin conditions, and insect bites. The juice can be used to treat nettle stings. The leaves also have a high mineral content and can help anemia and improve breast milk production. The root is now used to treat enlarged prostate.

Cautions: None known (Chevallier 146).

Feedback and participation welcome! Please send bug reports to