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Common name Standardised: stinging nettle
Botanical name Urtica dioica L. ssp. dioica
Overview Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) has a long medicinal history. Stinging nettle has been used for hundreds of years to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anaemia. It is also used for urinary tract infections, hay fever (allergic rhinitis), or in compresses or creams for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites.
Typical usage and preparations Commonly the dried leaf and/or dried root is used as a tea, tincture or powdered and encapsulated, infused in oil, used for hair rinses or herbal baths. Additionally, the young tender shoots of the fresh plant may be eaten or made into juice.