Botanical name: Urtica dioica
Other names: greater nettle, stinging-leaf, the arthritic’s helper
Action (karma): astringent, antiscorbutic, tonic, circulatory stimulant, styptic pectoral, diuretic, alterative, hemostatic, expectorant, nutritive, digestive, nervine, refrigerant, hepatic, antispasmodic, antioxidant, galactagogue, anti-inflammatory, laxative, antiseptic
Dose: 1 teaspoon of dried nettle leaves, infused in a cup of boiled water for 2 to 3 minutes.
Nettle is very high content of chlorophyll and minerals. It is known as a natural remedy for pain relief, traditional pain relief involved taking fresh stalks of nettle, beating areas of the body that are paining with rheumatism, arthritis, paralysis, sciatica, gout and lumbago. It brings an intense pain to area where applied with blood moving rapidly to the area and the sting created warmth and pain relief. It is known as a very effective anti-histamine. It’s high chlorophyll level is a powerful blood-building element to rejuvenate old cells, promote growth of new cells, provide favorable intestinal flora, aid regular bowel movements, benefit the circulation, increase energy and it is the best blood cleansing and blood building herb known. Nettle is a rich source of antioxidants. It is a supreme herb for its rich mineral content, calcium and magnesium for bone building; potassium that combines with iron to transport oxygen to the cells and elimination of toxic wastes. It also contains silica which is an extremely important mineral for cell rejuvenation.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.