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.
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.