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NETTLE, STINGING
Urtica dioica var. procera

Stinging nettle developing flowers and developing fruits.

Stinging nettle developing flowers and developing fruits.

Stinging nettle seeds.



  • Relief from stinging nettle's burn comes by rubbing inflamed skin with juice from the leaves of dock, jewelweed, rosemary, mint, sage or even crushed leaves of stinging nettle itself!

  • The fiber in stinging nettle stems is very similar to that of hemp and flax, and for this reason, has historically been an important ingredient in a variety of items, from sailcloth and fishing nets to clothing and paper.

  • Europeans cook stinging nettle, removing the stinging hairs by boiling, and find it a good source of vitamins A and C, protein and iron.

  • Pulling up stinging nettle by the roots while calling out a sick person's name was believed to drive away a fever.

  • Urtication, the process of beating the skin with nettles, was formerly used to treat certain diseases.

  • Hunting dogs have died from extreme exposure to stinging nettle.