Stinging Nettle / Urtica Dioica
4 € /20g
Dried aerial parts
Origin: Auvergne, France
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The Stinging Nettle has been used by peoples all over the world since ancient times for medicinal preparations, food and fiber. It is often referred to as “the herb of a thousand vertues” because of its many beneficial properties and uses. Many ancient herbal remedies contains this multifaceted plant.
Please read more about the benefits of the stinging nettle by your own research on the internet. You can also learn more in the following link:
University of Maryland, Stinging Nettle
Use and advice:
To enjoy Nettle in a general way, sprinkle 2-3 tablespoons of it on your breakfasts, let it jump in a smoothie or spread it over a meal. Store the product in a dark and cool place.
Infuse 2-3 tablespoons of dried Nettle per teacup and let it steep in 70-80ºC water for about 7-8 minutes before enjoying
If taken as a preventive cure, drink 3 cups a day during at least three weeks. Otherwise our general recommendation is 1-3 cups daily. This infusion can also be applied externally to cuts and wounds, insects bites and burns to sooth the skin.
Nettle hair rinse
4 tablespoons of dried Nettle
4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (optional)
1 teaspoon of honey (optional)
1 liter of water
Put the Nettle flakes in a jar, pour over boiling water and the apple cider vinegar. Cover with a lid for 30 minutes. Then add honey and infuse another 30 minutes. Strain the infusion and rinse your hair with this mixture, gently massaging your scalp in the same time. Give your hair a quick rinse with cool water to finish.
- Stinging Nettle may affect your blood sugar level, be aware in case of diabetes.
- Stinging Nettle can lower the blood pressure. Be aware if you already use blood pressure medicine or if you have trouble with low blood pressure.
- The Stinging Nettle seem to increase urine flow and acts like a diuretic. Discuss the use of the plant with your health care provider if you have kidney troubles.
- Sedative medicines can interact with Stinging Nettle taken in large amounts. Do not overdose your use of Nettles.
Nettels can be harvested during their whole vegetative period, but the best time varies a little with the use. If you wish to make fresh juice the spring and early summer is the best time. For drying and making powder they can be harvested from early spring until flowering. After the seeding has begun, the plant quickly looses in vitality. Young plants can be used whole, and thereafter the best is to only use the leaves.
Be sure to pick in clean areas. Nettles often grows nearby human settlements, but they also easily assimilate heavy metals.
As with all wild harvesting, it is important to correctly identify the plant before collecting and consuming.
The availability of the plants that we propose can vary during the year, as nature itself changes with the season, and our stock. If you require large quantities, please contact us in advance.