Stinging nettle is a perennial herb originating in Eurasia, but now naturalized over much of the world. Its many documented uses, from as far back as the Bronze Age, led to its seed being carried to numerous regions by settlers, where the plant soon escaped cultivation. The whole stinging nettle plant is valuable — leaves, seeds and roots. Its uses include food, traditional remedies, a fiber source, a dye plant and a rejuvenating spring tonic.

Directions: To make stinging nettle leaf tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb, cover and let steep for 5 to 10 minutes.

To make stinging nettle root tea, add 1 cup of water to 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of nettle root and bring to boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Let stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then strain.

Suggested Uses: Nettle leaf is used in shampoos and hair rinses, in teas, and some skin care products. As an herb, it is known as a blood builder and multi-mineral source*, thus the popularity of the fresh young shoots as a spring tonic.

The tannins in nettle root account for it's astringent properties. It is used as a tea, skin wash and a gargle. Nettle root is also used in hair care preparations. While nettle has not had the broad popularity of nettle leaf, that could change as current scientific studies explore the effects nettle root may have on various hormone related chemical processes in the body, especially in men.

* Disclaimer: This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Caution/Safety: The Botanical Safety Handbook* classifies stinging nettle as:

Class:1 herbs which can be safely consumed when used appropriately

Per the German Commission E Monograph** for nettle leaf there are no known contraindications, side effects or drug interactions. For nettle root there are no known contraindications or drug interactions and side effects listed are occasionally, mild gastrointestinal upsets.

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