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Alternative Names

Bichu, Common Nettle, Feuille d'Ortie, Graine d'Ortie, Grande Ortie, Great Stinging Nettle, Nettle, Nettle Leaf, Nettle Seed, Nettle Worth, Nettles, Ortie, Ortie Brûlante, Ortie des Jardins, Ortie Dioïque, Ortie Méchante, Ortiga, Small Nettle, Stinging Nettles, Urtica, Urticae Herba et Folium, Urticae Radix CAUTION: Please refer to separate listing for White Dead Nettle Flower

Scientific Name

Urtica Dioica

Why Do People Use Nettle?

Oral preparations of Urtica dioica (Nettle) are used for the treatment of urinary dysfunctions associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), including frequency, nocturia, urinary retention, dysuria and irritable bladder. It is also used as a diuretic, for joint ailments and as an astringent. It is also used for allergic rhinitis, allergies, for musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, use in conjunction with copious water intake in irrigation therapy for urinary tract infections (UTI), kidney stones (nephrolithiasis) and urinary tract inflammation. It is also used for bleeding that include epistaxis, uterine bleeding, melena, poor circulation, anemia, diabetes and other endocrine disorders, splenomegaly, biliary complaints, gastric hyperacidity, for asthma issues, diarrhea and dysentery, heart failure, pulmonary congestion, for cancer, rash and eczema, blood purification, prevention of signs of aging, as a general tonic and for wound healing. Topically - Normally, people also use nettle powder topically for musculoskeletal pains and aches, oily hair, scalp seborrhea and hair loss (alopecia). In Foods Preparations - Leaves of young nettle are eaten as a cooked vegetable. In Manufacturing Practices - Extract of nettle is used in skin and hair products.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly Safe - Oral and appropriate utilization of nettle is considered safe. Its root has been utilized safely for up to six months. However, the safety level of its long term is obscure. Possibly Unsafe in Pregnancy - Pregnant females should be avoid oral or topical usage of nettle because it has uterine-stimulant and possible abortifacient effects. During Breast Feeding - There is inadequate and unreliable information available about the safety of consumption of nettle powder during breastfeeding.

How Effective Is Nettle?

To rate the effectiveness of nettle in following conditions, there is inadequate information available: • Allergic rhinitis (Hayfever) • Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) • Osteoarthritis However, more confirmations are required to rate the safety of nettle for other conditions.

How Nettle Works?

The most effective parts of Urtica dioica are the roots and aerial parts. Nettle root consists of polysaccharides with weak anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating impacts. The root appears to have an anti-proliferative impact on stromal cells and prostatic epithelial and may also decrease the impacts of androgenic hormones by aggressively blocking access to human sex hormone tying globulin (SHBG). Nettle leaves also consist of several active constituents. The leaves are eaten as a food due to significant quantity of vitamin C, carotene, potassium, vitamin K and calcium. There is about as much carotene and vitamin C in nettle leaves as in spinach and different greens. The leaves also consist of flavonoids quercetin, beta-sitosterol, kaempferol, rutin and others. Top part of nettle tops appears to have a number of pharmacological impacts such as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, hemostatic, local anesthetic, antiviral and antibacterial effects. Aerial parts of Urtica dioica may work for osteoarthritis and other conditions because of its potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects. Researchers suggest that nettle may be helpful for allergic rhinitis because of quercetin content. Quercetin is thought to have mast cell and anti-inflammatory balancing out its impacts. It diminishes the discharge of histamine from mast cells and basophils. For other musculoskeletal and osteoarthritis conditions, the aerial parts of stinging nettle may work because of their potential anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Nettle?

Orally - Nettle root can cause adverse effects such as sweating, gastrointestinal complaints and various allergic skin reactions. All aerial parts of nettle normally have no side effects. Nettle juice can sometimes lead to diarrhea. There is one case report of decreased ejaculatory volume related with an herbal blend containing saw palmetto extract, nettle root extract, lemon bioflavonoid extract, pumpkin seed oil extract and beta-carotene. Topically - Fresh leaves of nettle applied to the skin may lead to itching, localized rash and stinging. There is only one report that a woman placed a fresh nettle leave on her tongue to suck out the liquid of the leaf. She established severe tongue pain, edema and urticaria within five minutes.

How Nettle Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

It may interact with: • Herbs & Supplements with Hypotensive Effects

How Nettle Interacts With Drugs?

Urtica dioica may interact with following drugs: • Antidiabetes Drugs • Antihypertensive Drugs • CNS Depressants • Lithium • Warfarin (Coumadin)

How Nettle Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Nettle Interacts With Lab Tests?

Not known.

How Nettle Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Stinging nettle powder may interaction with following conditions: • Diabetes • Hypertension • Renal Insufficiency

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Nettle?

ORAL To cure benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a mixture of specific extract of 120 mg nettle (WS 1031) plus a particular extract of 160 mg saw palmetto (WS 1473) should be orally two times every day. For this purpose another multi ingredient product should be taken twice every day, which consists of 80 mg of nettle root extract mixed into 106 mg of saw palmetto lipoidal extract, 33 mg of lemon bioflavonoid extract, 160 mg of pumpkin seed oil extract and 190 IU of vitamin A (100% as beta-carotene). For osteoarthritis, it is generally used as a raw nettle leaves with dosage of nine grams daily. For allergic rhinitis, people typically use nettle leaf extract 300 mg three times daily. However, in some cases, 300 mg up to seven times daily has been used. TOPICAL For osteoarthritis, fresh leaves of nettle should be applied to the painful joint once every day.


From last number of centuries nettle leaves are used for various purposes.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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