Eight Health Benefits of Stinging Nettle

This article clearly specifies the benefits of stinging nettle and its use fields in medical industry. It is a well-written article about Urtica Dioica, that is, Stinging nettle in botany.

Once I was listening the health benefits of herbs on the radio, a specialist on the herbs said that stinging nettle was one of the most effective and beneficial herbs for our health. He said that if people was aware of the benefits of nettle and how curative it was, they cultivated nothing but nettle. This allegation may seem a little bit unrealitic or pretentious, however it has many great benefits indeed.

Stinging nettle, or commonly know with it’s botanical name Urtica Dioica, is a plant growing in the tropical areas around the world. The homeland of nettle is Brazil and other South American countries. It is also abundant in Northern Europe and Asia. Nettle has a well-known reputation for giving a sting when the skin touches the hairs and bristles on the leaves and stems. It grows 2 to 4 meters.It has white,green and yellow leaves. When someone feels being stung by nettle, this is actually because of the irritants in the nettle. Some of those irritants are formic acid,histamine and acetylcholine. After this little introduction about stinging nettle, let’s talk about our main topic, that is, the health benefits of it.

Here is some of the well-known curative properties of nettle.

  1. It is used as diuretic
  2. It is used to treat anemia since nettle leaves contain high amount of iron content. It also helps to formation and coagulation of blood cells.
  3. It is used in the treatment of arthrites and rheumatism
  4. It protects respiratory and urinary problems
  5. It decreases the risk of eczema and other skin disorders. Additionally, it is used in asthma treatment.
  6. It is used in the treatment of benign prostate
  7. It is used in the treatment of sinusitis and rhinitis
  8. It protects hair loss (Alopecia)

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  1. It bits my hand like a bee.

  2. Cool article! Thanks!

  3. But how does it taste in a stirfry?

  4. Isırgan otu olarakda bilinen bu bitkinin saç dökülmesini önlediği biliniyor.

  5. Do not touch nettle leaves, it burns your body like fire.

  6. if you get stung while handling, the enzymes in milk that neutralize hot peppers also neutralize stinging nettle oil. soak a cloth with milk and hold gently against the area stung. Some oil may remain, and agitate again if rubbed, re-apply the milk. Twice or three times is usually all that is needed.

  7. Did you know that tomatoes will ‘move away’ from stinging nettles if the nettles happen to be growing close by?
    I recently build a little greenhouse type thing (made it from an old wardrobe frame and some sheets of corragated perspex). Anyway, a nettle found it’s way in there and all my tomato plants (which I hadn’t tied properly) began to lean over towards the opposite side of the greenhouse!

  8. Thanks for this. Soon, I want to learn about all the health giving properties of all the herbs and plants of the world. Thanks for sharing:)

  9. I wonder if sitwell knows about this

  10. nettle is only plant/flower out of millions that can cure physical and mental illness. I bought a book called Aromatherapy & Herbalism by international metaphysical author Rochelle Moore and it is listed out alphabetically e.g, acne,abscesses,anxiety etc.. right thru to depression,fears,phobias, – excellent book using ancient and modern day cures (natural) with essential oils and flowers – amazon

  11. cool stuff on herbs

  12. Try unique and stylish stinging nettle scarves to make sure you stand head and shoulders above the crowd this spring and summer

  13. Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat rheumatism (disorders of the muscles and joints), eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate (called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), for urinary tract infections, for kidney stones, for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites. In fact, some small but well designed studies are beginning to confirm that certain traditional uses have scientific validity, particularly osteoarthritis especially when used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory medications (see Possible Interactions), and BPH. Plus, recent laboratory studies are offering plausible explanations for why stinging nettles might help rheumatoid arthritis as well as several of the conditions already mentioned.

  14. Interesting, must admit I don’t know much about it, but would certainly give it a try as you can make a tea from the dry leaves or purchase it in capsule form.

  15. The stinging nettle has stimulating action on the kidneys and bladder. Nettle shoots, eating during spring, helps to clean the body of toxins. Stinging nettle is used to treat inflammation of the urinary tract and kidney gravel.
    Stinging nettle improves the excretion of uric acid thereby reducing the symptoms of gout and arthritis.
    Stinging nettle leaves have diuretic properties. Nettle root is also used for the treatment of urinary retention caused by prostate enlargement.
    Lectins present in stinging nettle appear to stimulate the immune system.

  16. Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat rheumatism (disorders of the muscles and joints), eczema, arthritis, gout, and anemia. Today, many people use it to treat urinary problems during the early stages of an enlarged prostate (called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), for urinary tract infections, for kidney stones, for hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.

  17. When you use herbal remedies, be aware that they can be extremely powerful, and should you have any side effects when taking these infusions, immediately stop using the herb and consult your health practitioner right away.

  18. Romatizma ve mafsal ağrılarında buralara uygulanırsa kan dolaşımını uyaracağından ağrıların giderilmesine yarcımcı olur. Yalnız bu işleme deri kızarınca hemen son vermek gerekir.

  19. The stinging reaction caused by the plant hairs is said to contain many active ingredients, such as formic acid, like what ant’s inject when they bite your skin and make you sting and burn, not to mention, itch. Other ingredients include: histamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, hydroxytryptamine and other irritants. So, many of these ingredients are neurotransmitters and affect nerve cells, so this is probably why it gives such an irritant effect, and why it may be better used for alopecia areata.

  20. In Europe, nettle root is widely used for the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), or prostate enlargement. Like saw palmetto, pygeum, and beta-sitosterol, nettle appears to reduce obstruction to urinary flow and decrease the need for nighttime urination. However, the evidence is not as strong for nettle as it is for these other treatments. Nettle leaf has recently become a popular treatment for allergies (hay fever) based on one preliminary study. Nettle leaf is highly nutritious, and in cooked form may be used as a general dietary supplement.

  21. The stinging nettle plant has been used historically as a mild diuretic; to treat infections of the lower urinary tract, anemia, hemorrhoids, asthma, hay fever, and other allergies; to stop bleeding; and to heal wounds. American Indians use nettles to treat rheumatic conditions, such as arthritis. Nettle tea has also been used for eczema and other chronic skin conditions. Some people enjoy cooking the young leaves and eating them as a green vegetable. They do contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. Today, a nettle extract is used to formulate skin and hair care products.

  22. Stinging nettle preparations have produced a positive diuretic effect in clinical trials. High levels of flavonoids in nettles may contribute to its diuretic action. Patients with cardiac or chronic venous insufficiency who were treated with stinging nettle juice for two weeks experienced a significant increase in urinary output and a slight decrease in systolic blood pressure. The hypotensive effect of nettles has also been seen in experimental animals. Nettle leaves have been recommended for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract.

  23. The fresh leaves of nettles have been rubbed or beaten onto the skin in the treatment of rheumatism. This practice, called urtification, causes intense irritation to the skin as it is stung by the nettles. It is believed that this treatment works in two ways. Firstly, it acts as a counter-irritant, bringing more blood to the area to help remove the toxins that cause rheumatism. Secondly, the formic acid from the nettles is believed to have a beneficial effect upon the rheumatic joints.

  24. Nettle root is recommended for complaints associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We therefore conducted a comprehensive review of the literature to summarise the pharmacological and clinical effects of this plant material. Only a few components of the active principle have been identified and the mechanism of action is still unclear. It seems likely that sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG), aromatase, epidermal growth factor and prostate steroid membrane receptors are involved in the anti-prostatic effect, but less likely that 5alpha-reductase or androgen receptors are involved. Extract and a polysaccharide fraction were shown to exert anti-inflammatory activity. A proprietary methanolic nettle root extract and particular fractions inhibited cell proliferation. Isolated lectins (UDA) were shown to be promising immunomodulatory agents, having also anti-viral and fungistatic effects. However, despite these in vitro studies it is unclear whether the in-vitro or animal data are a surrogate for clinical effects. The clinical evidence of effectiveness for nettle root in the treatment of BPH is based on many open studies. A small number of randomised controlled studies indicate that a proprietary methanolic extract is effective in improving BPH complaints. However, the significance and magnitude of the effect remains to be established in further confirmatory studies before nettle root treatment may be accepted in the guidelines for BPH treatment. The risk for adverse events during nettle root treatment is very low, as is its toxicity. Pre-clinical safety data remain to be completed.

  25. American stinging nettle is the most common subspecies in temperate
    North America and occurs throughout Canada and much of the United
    States. In the East and Midwest, American stinging nettle occurs as far
    south as Virginia, Missouri, and Kansas; in the West, it occurs south
    along the coast to central California and south in the Rocky Mountains
    to Mexico. European stinging nettle occurs primarily along the Atlantic
    Coast from Newfoundland south to Georgia and Alabama. It is recently
    adventive westward in Missouri, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Alaska. Hoary
    nettle is native to the western United States. It occurs from eastern
    Washington south through California to Mexico, east to northern Arizona
    and extreme northwestern Colorado, and north to western Wyoming and
    southwestern Montana

  26. Recent studies suggest that the leaf tea aids coagulation and formation of hemoglobin in red blood cells. A freeze-dried nettle leaf product has shown slight activity in the treatment of allergies. Several studies indicate that the leaf extract depresses the central nervous system and inhibits bacteria and adrenaline. Stinging nettle’s diuretic activity has been the subject of a number of German studies. Animals fed stinging nettle showed increased excretion of chlorides and urea. The juice has a distinctly diuretic effect in patients with heart disorders or chronic venous insufficiency. The herb’s high potassium content and flavonoids may contribute to its diuretic action. In Germany, the herb is used for supportive treatment of rheumatic complaints and kidney infections.

  27. Stinging nettles are all well and good until your brother dares you to grab a handful of one and hold on for as long as possible.
    That said, I always keep nettle tea in the house.

  28. My question is if this plant stings, why would you want to rub it on your skin to help eczema or arthritis? How do you use its medicinal benefits?

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  30. I too read Aromatherapy & Herbalism by celtic witch Rochelle Moore and found the information excellent. Nettles can be used for so many purposes – the main illness that comes to mind is Angina. If you boil the leaves and make tea out of the boiled water this cures angina pains and eventually, angina.
    Grace Anne

  31. Great amazing that most of our modern medicines are still derived from plants….

  32. It’s a great plant. I heard that in Cyprus they use it a lot!

  33. A good information and beneficial to health.

  34. Fascinating! Wonder if there are uses for poison ivy?

  35. Most of our Pharmacoepeia comes from plants like this. The Pharma companies simply find the active ingredient and then market it.
    It’s just that it costs a lot when they do it.

  36. I want to tell you something else it also does,it helps people with allergies to cats.It was suggested to me by mom in law and keeps my eyes a lot drier around them as they have many cats and I will literally almost be crying around them.

  37. I been using Stinging Nettle for nightly congestion relief….works great. Bye, bye pricey Rx inhalers & nasal sprays.

  38. My cousin dared me to touch stinging nettles when I was 15. Well, did I touch it? I jumped into the whole bush and got covered in stings! I rubbed dock leaves to alleviate the itching.I was very proud of myself as I knew I was not risking my life but merely proving that I was not afraid.
    The reason why I am telling you this is that my skin did not suffer apart from itchiness and my late teens I decided to explore wild plant therapies. I picked nettles and made a face steam to cleanse my skin and even made a face-mask form pulped nettles. I never suffered from acne and to this day, have a very youthful skin and I promise you – no wrinkles! I do not suffer from any arthritus or rhematism (i am 50) although it runs rife in the family.
    I feel it has many long term health benefits and is never too late to use its benefits. I also feel that the ’stinging’ of the nettles has anti-inflammotory properties with the only side effect being itching which does not last very long. If you cannot bear the itching, just rub dock leaves.

  39. “Did you know that tomatoes will ‘move away’ from stinging nettles if the nettles happen to be growing close by?” -by Kazz67

    Wow, this is a very cool information. According t the leaves of this botanical plant are being used to develop medicines for anemia because of it’s high iron content.

  40. 5 things not to do with stinging nettle

    1. dont lick it
    2. dont jump in it
    3. dont roll in it
    4. dont use as a antipersperint
    5. it is not a roll of toilet paper

  41. my neighbour disolved his kidney stones by boiling the plant and drinking the juice.believe it or not!

  42. Removing my nettle bush use to be a dreaded annual job. Now I treat it as part of the garden. Its delicious raw or cooked in soup, stir fry, salad or quiche, use it like spinach. I love brewing it for tea. I trim off the tops before it goes to seed, encouraging fresh tender little baby leaves to grow, they are delicious in a pan with a little butter and garlic, the turn a deep juicy nutritious bright green. This little super-food has amazing health benefits.
    Quoted from bnet;
    ” Nettles are fantastically high in vitamins A and C, and rich in nutrients, including calcium, choline, magnesium, boron, iron, iodine, silica, sulfur, potassium, chlorophyll, histamine, serotonin, glucoquinones, bioflavonoids, tannins and amino acids. They’re unusually high in protein (40%) for a plant. And because they’re so nutrient-dense, they make a good overall tonic for strengthening the body. Useful in treating anemia, their high vitamin C content helps ensure that the iron is properly absorbed by the body.”

  43. rubbing some lime on the affected area will emmediately stop the itch

  44. Hi,

    Does anyone know if it is safe to drink the tea in pregnancy?

  45. Thanks for the information!

  46. I found this quote on another web site: “Nettle may lower blood pressure and heart rate. Avoid chronic use due to its diuretic effects. Do not take if pregnant or breast-feeding. Do not take if diabetic.”

    No reason was given for avoiding it during pregnancy and nursing.

  47. Jeez, I used to fall over and into bushes of nettles as a kid, not pleasant. Good to know that there’s a good side to these things as well!

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  49. quite useful when combine in with honey for body detoxification.

  50. This herb works very well as a natural antihistamine, without the drowsiness that comes from using many of the over-the-counter medicines that are available. This natural herb for allergies reduces the ability of the body to produce histamine. Histamine is the chemical produced by the antibodies in the body to fight off substances that the immune system has mistakenly identified as harmful.

    These substances are called allergens, and the histamines are produced to fight them. Histamines also create the allergy symptoms like runny nose, watery eyes and coughing, so when your body cannot produce as many, your symptoms are reduced as well. Stinging nettle can be purchased in capsule form from many natural food and vitamin stores today.

    There are other natural herbs for allergies that work in a similar way to stinging nettle in reducing the body’s ability to produce histamines. These include butterbur, which is a harder herb to come by in the United States, but nevertheless effective as a natural means of treating allergies.

    Quercetin is another good natural herb for allergies, and has the added benefit of acting as a natural antioxidant that can reduce the risk of some types of cancer. If you are considering a natural herb for your allergies, talk to your doctor before taking anything. Herbs can have side effects just like medications, and they can also have potentially dangerous interactive effects when taken with other medicines.

  51. Lot of people prefer natural hair loss treatment because there are no side effects. The most popular items are green tea, saw palmetto, stinging nettle, pygeum africanum and ginko biloba. Ginko biloba increases the blood circulation of the brain and the skin, which helps in delivering more nutrients to the hair follicle thus promoting hair regrowth. Pygeum and green tea are efficacious in preventing and treating male pattern baldness. Saw palmetto protects from slow hair loss and encourages hair regrowth. Stinging nettle helps in blocking the conversion of testosterone into DHT (Dihydrotestosterone). It is usually taken in the form of pill and capsule with pygeum and saw palmetto.

  52. This is of course quite a familiar weed, and gardening enthusiasts are well aware how difficult it is to get rid of it. That is because it spreads via seed, roots, as well as stolons. Its stem is woody and resists normal strimming. Its leaves are crinkled and deep green in color, with strings of tiny flowers that are green in color. And of course it has nettles that sting, although it is supposed to have herbal uses.

  53. The common stinging nettle has long been used as a protective herb. A vase of freshly cut nettles under a sickbed is supposed to help the patient recover from whatever is ailing him or her. Nettles sprinkled around the house will ward off evil. Nettles tossed on to a fire will avert danger and carried by hand will fend off ghosts. When carried with yarrow, nettles will bestow courage. In ancient Ireland, nettles were known as “The Devil’s Apron”.

    Legend maintains that Roman soldiers, who used nettles for “urtification,” brought the plant to Britain. That is, they beat themselves with the herb to encourage surface blood circulation in an effort to keep warm in the dismal, damp climate to which they had been banished.

    The name nettle may originate with the Anglo-Saxon word netel, which in turn is derived from noedl, meaning needle. Another possibility is simply that the herb – since the Bronze Age – has been spun into fibre to make cloth, paper and fishnet, and the name originated with this usage. The botanical name, urtica, is from the Latin, urere, meaning “to sting”.

  54. As a vegetable, nettles are best when they’re young and tender, but for medicinal purposes the herb should be collected when the flowers are in bloom, anytime from June to September.
    The aerial parts of the plant are rich in chlorophyll, indoles such as histamine and serotonin, acetylcholine, glucoquinones, minerals (iron, silica, potassium, manganese and sulfur), tannins and vitamins A and C. The herb is also a good source of protein and dietary fibre. The disagreeable sting of the nettle is caused by formic acid. The herb is astringent, diuretic, tonic and hypotensive (reduces blood pressure). Nettles strengthen and support the whole body. Throughout Europe they are used as a spring tonic and general detoxifying remedy. In some cases of rheumatism and arthritis they can be astoundingly successful. They are a specific in cases of childhood eczema and beneficial in all the varieties of this condition, especially in nervous eczema. As an astringent they may be used for nosebleeds or to relieve the symptoms wherever there is hemorrhage in the body, for example in uterine hemorrhage. Research into the therapeutic properties of nettle root in the US, Germany and Japan show promise for its use in the treatment of benign prostate hypertrophy (enlargement).

  55. A German study shows that hox alpha, a new extract of stinging nettle leaf, contains an anti-inflammatory substance that suppressed several cytokines in inflammatory joint diseases. In a Turkish study, stinging nettle extract showed antimicrobial effects against nine microorganisms, as well as anti-ulcer and analgesic activity. Stinging nettle root extract combined with sabal fruit extract was shown to be superior to placebo for treating prostate hyperplasia (a precancerous condition), and was well tolerated.

  56. Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica and the closely related Urtica urens) has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was used as a diuretic (to rid the body of excess water) and to treat joint pain.

    Stinging nettle has fine hairs on the leaves and stems that contain irritating chemicals that are released when the plant comes in contact with the skin. While the hairs, or spines, of the stinging nettle are normally very painful to the touch, when they come into contact with a painful area of the body, they can actually decrease the original pain. Scientists think nettle does this by reducing levels of inflammatory chemicals in the body, and by interfering with the way the body transmits pain signals.

  57. Even though it is a natural product, stinging nettle may cause side effects. People often assume that natural products are always safe and free of side effects. However, this is simply not the case. It is reasonable to assume that any natural product with the capability to have medicinal properties may also have side effects.

  58. Stinging nettle is an astringent, diuretic, tonic, anodyne, pectoral, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, alterative, hemetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, anti-lithic/lithotriptic, haemostatic, stimulant, decongestant, herpatic, febrifuge, kidney depurative/nephritic, galactagogue, hypoglycemic, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine.

    Nettle leaf is among the most valuable herbal remedies. Because of its many nutrients, stinging nettle is traditionally used as a spring tonic. It is a slow-acting nutritive herb that gently cleanses the body of metabolic wastes. It is one of the safest alteratives, especially in the treatment of chronic disorders that require long-term treatment. It has a gentle, stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, enhancing the excretion of wastes through the kidneys.

    Nettle’s iron content makes it a wonderful blood builder, and the presence of vitamin C aids in the iron absorption. As a hemetic (an herb rich in iron), this is an excellent herb for anemia and fatigue, especially in women. It “promotes the process of protein transanimation in the liver, effectively utilizing digested proteins, while simultaneously preventing them from being discharged through the body as waste products.”

  59. stir fry, soups, rice, noodle bowl, with scrambled eggs, in muffins etc. It’s good. I cut only a couple of leaves off each plant directly into a plastic bag so I don’t have to handle them. And, the plants continue producing. They tend to grow in clusters. Wash and chop with scissors. Steam or par boil and use as you would any other green. Last night I cut some up and added them to the water I cooked my pasta in for a chicken and pasta dish. When the pasta is done so are the leaves…well mixed too.

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  61. In northern Iraq it is used for as a substitute for grape leaves and it tastes great.
    I live in AZ so I cant grow it here, if you have access to fresh just be careful when harvesting.

  62. No one mentioned the most important fact of this miracle plant.
    “IT CURES CANCER” this knowledge was passed on from the Prophets to the Saints meaning “Gods true friends” Any one can become a Saint, How? Just wish to reach God! God loves you very much and gave you a free will, so use it to escape Satan’s hold on you. Say Oh God I want to be one of your Saints, and want to reach you show me the way and make me one of your devoted servants. How do I serve thee?

  63. I want to learn about them all aswell. Could u email me any interesting infomation u may come across?? I could do the same. Jane…

  64. Thanks for the milk tip – just got in from the garden with a burning hand, read that, tried the milk and it completely took away the sting – wow!!!

  65. You are right. It does. How do you know that?


  66. I eat stinging nettle raw several times a week and I love it. The juice in the leaves kills the sting instantly. There is little pain and big gains in eating stinging nettle. The health benefits are to many for me to mention in eating raw weeds such as nettle and other plants.

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