The common Nettle has more to it than meets the eye. Apart from the sting you experience from brushing up against this plant, nettle has a range of great benefits to health. Indigo Herbs has a broad range of high quality Nettle products including; Nettle Leaf Tea, Nettle Root Tea, Nettle Root Powder and Nettle Root Tincture. The leaf and root have differing actions and so please check each product to see which is best for you. Amongst our guest brands you will find a delicious selection of teabags including this herb and Nettle Leaf Capsules.
Nettle has been used for centuries by different cultures. Here on the British Isles it is rumoured that the Romans brought the stinging Nettle with them to treat their tired cold legs through urtification (the practice of stinging the skin intentionally). Not only Roman soldiers but also Native American and Ecuadorian Indians stung their own legs to improve circulation to guard against cold. From ancient Egypt to Greece there have been numerous attributes given to Nettle with some ringing true. Nettle preparations for problems of the joints, throat and as a diuretic seem particularly to have been in favour with Hippocrates, Jon Gerard and Culpeper. Nettle was also used as a food and for its linen. It has only been recently that the chlorophyll rich Nettle has fallen from favour. Such a great local plant should never be over looked.
The common nettle is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant that is native to Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa. Nettles can grow to a height of around 7 foot and have several wands growing from a single root. The deep green leaves are characterised by the serrated oval tear drop structure and carry stinging hairs loaded with histamine and other chemicals. Flowers are small, nondescript and yellow in colour.