Nettle [Urtica dioica] "weed" of treasure

Nettle, Stinging Nettle or urtica dioica is one of our most treasured "weeds" in our garden. It is a herbaceous, perennial plant that has a wide range of medicinal uses that has been used for thousands of years . The "sting" comes from the fine hairs on the plant which act as fine needles that release irritating chemicals such as serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine. Our skin reacts through symptoms of pain, redness, itching, swelling and numbness. Once nettle is cooked, soaked in hot water or dehydrated, the stinging quality is eradicated.

Nettle is super delicious and highly nutritious when cooked or used in a variety of recipes such as teas, pestos, soups, stews, stirfries or smoothies. It is also a common treatment in our herbal apothecary which we use medicinally to alleviate a variety of ailments. The most common uses are for urinary issues, allergies, hayfever and arthritis. It is also available in tablet or capsule form from most health food stores and pharmacies.

Nettle is a safe medicinal herb when used appropriately however as with any medicinal treatments precautions must be taken before use. If you are pregnant or diabetic, you should avoid taking stinging nettle.  If you are taking prescription medications, have a medical history or have further questions we recommend speaking to your healthcare provider to determine whether stinging nettle is right for you.

My Cup of Chi and the information shared within is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Health Care Practitioner prior to making changes to your individual health and wellness program. Copyright 2017 Chi Medicinal Farm/ My Cup of Chi.

 

 

                                                                            Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm

                                                                           Wild nettle in the garden @ Chi Medicinal Farm