Urtica is better known by its common name, the Stinging Nettle, which only too clearly defines the reason for its general unpopularity. Its usefulness was known as far back as Roman times and Alfred Vogel encouraged its growth within his fields. Today our gardeners carefully nurture their crop and twice each year harvest the fresh plant tops for use in this tincture.
Urtica, commonly known as Stinging Nettle, is familiar to most as a weed. It has, however, been treasured for a long time by herbalists as an excellent blood tonic.
Also known as:
• Arthritic and rheumatic conditions
• Prickly heat/allergic reactions
How it works:
Nettle has a diuretic action, attributed to its flavonoid content. These increase the excretion of a number of waste substances from the body, particularly acidic metabolites, eg. uric acid. This action is of particular benefit in gout and arthritic conditions.
This cleansing action is of value in chronic skin conditions, especially the itchy complaints such as eczema and nettle rash, where it also appears to possess an antiallergenic action.
Urtica has a nutritive value, containing vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and silica.
No restrictions to use are known.