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Urtica Dioica


Stinging nettle got its' name from the "burning" effect it has on the skin, when touched, the effect is actually very mild, although those with sensitivities should wear gloves. 


This effect is actually from something absolutely amazing. Under a microscope, there are "hairs" that can be seen at the end of the leaves that resemble tiny hypodermic needles that "inject" you with serotonin (the feel good brain chemical - responsible for much more but that's another subject.) Amazing huh? 


Most people dry the leaves and brew it as a tea


Here are some medicinal benefits to stinging nettle: 


Stinging nettle  is a plant that has been traditionally used for various medicinal purposes. While scientific research is ongoing, stinging nettle is believed to have several potential health benefits. Here are some of the medicinal properties and uses associated with stinging nettle:

  • Anti-Inflammatory Properties:

    • Stinging nettle contains compounds that may have anti-inflammatory effects. This property has led to its use in traditional medicine for conditions involving inflammation, such as arthritis.
  • Allergy Relief:

    • Some people use stinging nettle for alleviating symptoms of seasonal allergies. It is believed that the plant may help modulate the immune response and reduce histamine levels.
  • Joint and Muscle Pain:

    • Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, stinging nettle has been used to relieve joint and muscle pain. This includes conditions like osteoarthritis and muscle soreness.
  • Diuretic Effects:

    • Stinging nettle has diuretic properties, which means it may help increase urine production. This can be beneficial for conditions like fluid retention and mild edema.
  • Prostate Health:

    • There is some research suggesting that stinging nettle may be helpful for symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.
  • Blood Sugar Control:

    • Preliminary studies indicate that stinging nettle may have a role in regulating blood sugar levels, which could be beneficial for individuals with diabetes.
  • Rich in Nutrients:

    • Stinging nettle is a nutritious plant, containing vitamins (such as A, C, and K), minerals (including iron and calcium), and antioxidants.
  • Skin Conditions:

    • Some topical preparations containing stinging nettle are used for skin conditions, such as eczema or dermatitis. The anti-inflammatory and soothing properties may contribute to its efficacy.


Reaches 3-6 feet tall


Perennial zones 4-10


This is for 100 seeds

Stinging Nettle Seeds, Urtica Dioica


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