Formal Name: Urtica dioica
Supplement Forms: Plant, liquid

Recommended Daily Allowance

  • Infants: (0 to 12 Months) N/A
  • Children: (1 to 13 years) N/A
  • Adolescents: (14 to 18 Years) N/A
  • Adults: (19 and Older) N/A
  • Lactating Women: N/A
  • Pregnant Women: N/A

Notes: No RDA info available.

Additional Information


Nettle, also sometimes referred to as "stinging nettle," has been used for at least 5,000 years, originally as a component of fabric. The herb was used by both Europeans and Native Americans to weave fishing nets, sacks,and ropes. The Germans used nettle as a cotton substitute in World War I.

Bodily Functions Nettle Assists

Nettle is a leafy herb grown in many areas of the world. Although research regarding the herb has been limited, it has been shown to act as a diuretic, promoting a healthy urinary tract and preventing water retention. In addition, Nettle serves to lower the blood pressure of some individuals. Nettle may also relieve arthritis when applied topically, and reduce inflammation. Nettle is also an abundant source of calcium and iron.

Foods High in Nettle

When eaten, nettle has an interesting stinging sensation. Cooking the herb reduces this effect and makes the taste more pleasant. Nettle leaves can be brewed in a herbal tea, or used as flavoring ingredient in soups.

Ailment That Nettle Eliminates:
  • Acts as a diuretic
  • Treats BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy)
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Alleviates arthritis when used externally
  • May reduce inflammation
Side Effects/Pre-Cautions:
  • Too much can cause stomach pains