Nettle Leaf – Urtica Dioca
Familiar to most of us as something that stings us when we’re out in the countryside, nettle leaves are also have lots of uses in herbal medicine.
Stinging nettles were once used in a rather bizarre treatment known as urtication which involved beating paralysed limbs with stinging nettles in an attempt to stimulate sensations. The same remedy was also recommended for rheumatic pains while the Romans reputedly planted the small annual continental nettle (U. pilulifera) along British roads because they believed the country was so cold they would need to beat their bodies with nettles to keep warm. Nettles sting because the hairs on their stems and leaves contain histamine which is a potent skin irritant.
- As a “galactagogue”, it stimulates breast milk production and flow
- bladder infections