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Nettle leaf and seed, bulk dried herb

Nettle leaf and seed, bulk dried herb

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Urtica dioica
Parts used: leaf, seed
per half ounce


The high micro- and macro-nutrient content (rich in iron, protein, fiber, silica, calcium, vitamin C, zinc, magnesium, chlorophyll + more) makes nettles one of the most nutritious herbs, and it’s flavor makes it excellent for cooking. This is my go-to herbal recommendation for anyone who is vegetarian or vegan or malnourished because it’s an excellent source of nutrients, including those typically found in meat. It also assists with protein metabolism and builds blood while also detoxifying it of waste. Nettles has a special affinity for the kidneys that strengthens and tonifies their function while repairing structural damage. It also acts as a diuretic that drains edema and other swelling. The stinging quality of nettles comes from the formic acid, which actually helps soothe inflammatory conditions such as arthritis.



Nettle seed appears to act on the adrenal glands, having a stimulating effect, making them useful for those with adrenal fatigue or atrophied adrenal glands. However, dosage is very dependent on the individual, as it can have a very energizing effect that interrupts the sleep cycle, which could stress the body even more, having an opposite effect. It’s best to start with a low dose.

​Note: Nettles has several other functions that will be added to this materia medica so stay tuned!

Actions: diuretic, alterative, nutritive tonic, rubefacient, astringent

Energetics: drying, tonifying, stimulating, cooling

Constitution: notably Hot-Damp constitutions, but ALL constitutions can benefit from nettles. However, those with dry constitutions should use in moderation due to nettles diuretic (drying) action.

Flavor: salty, sweet (subtle)

Organ & Tissue Affinity: blood, kidneys, urinary tract, whole body nutritive source, thyroid, connective tissue, liver, uterus, skin, adrenals (seeds), prolapsed or atrophied organs

GWG Fave Preparations: eat it! It’s a great food – use it anywhere you might use spinach or another green. Additionally, long-steeped tisanes and vinegar preparations are excellent for extracting it’s nutritive content. You can also brush the fresh leaves along inflamed joints to modulate inflammation and soothe pain.

Contraindications: use caution and seek medical advice if you suffer from acute or chronic kidney disease

Herb-Drug Interactions: none known

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