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Stinging Nettles

It is easy to mistakenly consider Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) to be prickly in attitude. However, this is an herbal powerhouse. Stinging nettles, despite its stinging hairs, is rich in nutrients and contains several vital phytochemicals, anti-oxidants, vitamins, and minerals that immensely benefit overall health and wellness. Don't worry - it doesn't sting once dried.


Stinging nettles is a wonderful perennial herb that has been used traditionally to help with pain relief for joints and muscles; as a blood cleanser; and to support urinary tract health. There is also research showing that stinging nettles may act as a natural appetite suppressant and fat metabolizer. Drinking a cup before meals may assist with maintaining healthy weight naturally.  A tea made from this sassy herb is also great to consume for a glowing complexion or as a natural detox. It is an herbal energy booster that is a great as a recuperative aid especially after illness. Some people use stinging nettles to alleviate allergy symptoms. It is believed that nettles may help modulate the body's immune response and reduce the release of histamines. Nettles have diuretic properties, which may support the elimination of toxins from the body. This diuretic effect may also be helpful for individuals with certain kidney conditions. Some studies suggest that stinging nettles may have a role in managing blood sugar levels. Nettles have been used traditionally to alleviate symptoms associated with menstruation, such as cramps and bloating. The anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties may contribute to this effect. Nettles contain antioxidants that help combat oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants are essential for overall health and may contribute to disease prevention.


  • Nettle Tea:

    • Ingredients: Dried stinging nettle leaves
    • Instructions: Steep dried stinging nettle leaves in hot water to create a nutrient-rich herbal tea. It is known for its potential benefits, including detoxification and allergy relief.
  • Nettle Infused Vinegar:

    • Ingredients: Fresh or dried stinging nettle leaves, apple cider vinegar
    • Instructions: Fill a jar with stinging nettle leaves and cover with apple cider vinegar. Allow it to sit for a few weeks, then strain. The infused vinegar can be used in salad dressings or as a health tonic.
  • Nettle Pesto:

    • Ingredients: Fresh stinging nettle leaves, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil
    • Instructions: Blend fresh stinging nettle leaves with garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil to create a flavorful pesto. Use it as a pasta sauce or a spread.
  • Nettle Soup:

    • Ingredients: Fresh stinging nettle leaves, potatoes, onions, broth
    • Instructions: Cook fresh stinging nettle leaves with potatoes and onions in broth to make a nutritious and delicious nettle soup.
  • Nettle Tincture:

    • Ingredients: Fresh or dried stinging nettle leaves, alcohol (such as vodka or brandy)
    • Instructions: Create a tincture by combining stinging nettle leaves with alcohol. Allow it to steep for a few weeks, shaking regularly. This tincture can be taken in small doses and may support various health benefits.
  • Nettle Hair Rinse:

    • Ingredients: Fresh stinging nettle leaves, water
    • Instructions: Create a nettle-infused hair rinse by boiling fresh stinging nettle leaves in water. After cooling, use the liquid as a hair rinse to promote scalp health.
  • Nettle Capsules:

    • Ingredients: Dried stinging nettle leaves, empty capsules
    • Instructions: Fill empty capsules with ground dried stinging nettle leaves for a convenient way to take nettle supplements.


Disclaimer:  Information shared on this site is for educational purposes. The information provided is not intended to be a substitute for medical treatment or advice. Please consult your medical care provider before using herbal medicine, particularly if you have a known medical condition or if you are pregnant or nursing. Although we do our best to provide accurate and useful information, you are responsible to research and verify information before relying on it. We are medicinal plant and herbs farmers, herbalists, and tea blenders. We are not licensed or registered healthcare practitioners.  We are also believers in the safety and efficacy of botanical medicine.

Stinging Nettles

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