Latin, Zoological, Botanical and mineralogical name/s:
|Urtica Urens, Urtica
||Annual Nettle, Stinging Nettle
General description and domicile:
Urtica Urens - the Lesser Nettle is used in homeopathy as opposed
to Urtica dioica - the Greater Nettle which is used in herbal remedies.
It is a robust plant, known by most, that grows virtually all over the world.
Contact with this nettle inevitably results in an irritated, painful rash as a
result of the injection of a liquid stored in small cells in the base of the
many hair-like spines on the leaf of the plant. The sap of the plant is an
antidote for nettle rash, which makes it one of the very few things that
produces both toxin and antidote in the same vessel.
Warning: Extreme care must be taken when handling this
plant as very little contact with it will result in an irritating and painful
Part used and extraction:
All of the plant is used, harvested in the flowering season.
Chopped and steeped in alcohol to obtain mother tincture
The fiber of the nettle was once used to make linen cloth and was regarded
by many as being superior to hemp and flax. This practice continued into the
Dating back to the Roman Empire nettles were used for muscular aches and as an
antidote against almost all bites and poisoning.
Irritable, impatient and restless people benefit from this remedy. People
who repeatedly suffer from itchy irritated skin. A small remedy with a sparse
profile, included because of its use in first aid.
Burning, Stinging and red, irritated rashes.
Used for treatment of:
Has been used by nursing mothers to stimulate and increase
General Symptoms Worse for:
Factors/Conditions that make the symptoms worse
Bathing or Washing
General Symptoms Better for:
Factors/Conditions that improve symptoms
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