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Why Stinging Nettles

The Medicines, Uses, and Forms of Stinging Nettle


Stinging Nettle (English) I urtica dioica (lyallii) (Latin) I sc̓ədᶻx̌ (Lushootseed)

Stinging Nettles have vitamins (A, C, and B) and minerals like calcium and potassium. Stinging nettle has been used to reduce inflammation, symptoms for allergies, lower blood pressure, and support healing.

Nettles have been used since time immemorial for many different uses. It has vitamins (A, C, and B) and minerals like calcium and potassium. Stinging nettle has been used to reduce inflammation, symptoms for allergies, lower blood pressure, and support healing. They are also used as rope, food, and in vinegars.



Nettle Structure


Nettles have a tear drop/heart structure that have a sawtooth edge around them, white flowers, and a parallel leaf structure. Stinging nettles have spines on their stems and leaves, and grow as tall as 5-6 feet.