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Nettle Root Cut

Nettle Root

Urtica dioica

Origin: Albania
From£29.31 per kg

Urtica dioica, often known as common nettle, stinging nettle or nettle leaf, or just a nettle or stinger, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Urticaceae. Originally native to Europe, much of temperate Asia and western North Africa, it is now found worldwide, including New Zealand and North America. The species is divided into six subspecies, five of which have many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on the leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation upon contact. The plant has a long history of use as a source for traditional medicine, food, tea, and textile raw material in ancient societies such as the Saxons.


Known for the sting in its tail, Nettle herb makes for a powerful herbal concoction with multiple uses. Out in the wild the Nettle plant is a fairly innocuous looking plant, yet it’s protected by thousands of tiny fine hairs that can sting when they come into contact with the skin. Despite this, it is fair to say that this is one plant that offers more help than harm and everything from the leaves and the flowers, through to the Nettle root can be used.

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Nettles for horses are rich in Iron and Vitamin C, and most horses will happily eat them out in the fields once they have been chopped down an allowed to wilt so they loose their sting. Historically Nettles have been used to help support a healthy blood supply and circulation. They are found in many herbal mixes and supplements.

Stinging nettles are perfectly edible – though they’re not much fun to pick. The leaves should be harvested while they’re young and can be used to make teas, or they can be added to soups, smoothies and other dishes. The Nettle plant is nutrient-dense and can help deliver a wide range of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients including calcium, vitamin K, magnesium, carotenoids and manganese. The most popular way it is consumed is in nettle tea to make a mellow, green-tasting tea.

This humble herb has a lot to offer in terms of its health-giving properties. It can help ease hay fever and nettle leaf powder can help control the symptoms of allergies. Other uses for the Nettle plant include, as a herb for strengthening bones, teeth, hair and nails thanks to its calcium content, boosting iron levels, and relieving cramps. Nettle is also known for its ability to reduce pain and in the second world war wild Nettle was harvested to make much needed analgesic compounds. The leaves ground down to a powder is used in the beauty industry. It’s often added to creams and lotions to help protect the skin. It’s a good source of antioxidants that can help fight against environmental stressors and deliver anti-ageing benefits. The Nettle plant is also believed to be an excellent tonic for the hair. It has a stimulating effect on the scalp, and when used in shampoos and rinses it has a strengthening and darkening impact on the hair.

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