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Wild Weed Nettle Juice

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Wild Weed Nettle Juice

Nettle (Urtica dioica, U. urens) is a member of the Urticaceae (Nettle) Family. The name “Nettles” is said to be derived from the Anglo Saxon word “noedl,” meaning “needle,” which may refer to nettle’s use as a fiber/textile plant or to its sharp prickles. Other sources believe that “nettles” is from the Latin nassa, meaning “net” as its strong stems were woven into fishing nets, or that Urtica is from the Latin meaning “I burn.” The species name dioica means “two dwellings” in reference to nettles having either male or female flowers on different plants.

Milarepa, the Tibetan yogi is said to have existed upon nettles for years and his skin took on a greenish hue. He eventually developed legendary physical and psychic abilities. During the nineteenth century, nettles were recommended for people that are “constitutionally weak.” Rudolph Steiner called nettle the “Heart of the World” because it radiates healing energy to the people and plants around it.

Nettles improve the body’s resistance to pollens, molds and environmental pollutants. Nettles stabilize the mast cell walls, which stops the cycle of mucus membrane hyperactivity. Nettle leaves and roots tone and firm tissue, muscles, arteries and skin. It decreases uric acid buildup when taken internally and increases circulation to the skin’s surface. It nourishes and tones the veins, improves their elasticity, and reduces inflammation. Since nettles are energizing they help in the motivation to stay on a healthy diet.

Getting stung by fresh nettle, a process called urtication, is helpful in treatment for arthritis, cold feet, gout, lumbago, muscular weakness, multiple sclerosis, neuritis, palsy, paralysis, rheumatism, sciatica and chronic tendonitis. Direct the sting to the area needed. It greatly increases a rush of blood to the contacted area, producing a counter-irritation and thereby reduces inflammation and gives temporary pain relief. Some people keep a few nettles in pots as houseplants so that they can enjoy arthritis relief even in the winter.

Nettles were once cultivated in Europe to make sailcloth, fishing nets, lace, canvas and fine linen. Nettle as a dye plant produces a variety of colors. In Siberia, nettle has been used to make paper. In Egypt, the seeds were once pressed for their oil content.

Use nettle tea to water other plants in the garden to stimulate their growth and make them more resistant to bugs. Plants growing close to nettles tend to be stronger in their volatile oils. When added to the compost pile, it hastens its breakdown.

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Brigitte Mars

Brigitte Mars, a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild, is a nutritional consultant who has been working with Natural Medicine for over 40 years. She teaches Herbal Medicine at Naropa University, Boulder College of Massage, and Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition and Culinary Arts and has a private practice. Brigitte is the author of 12 books, including Rawsome!. Find more healthy living articles, raw food recipes, videos, workshops, books, and more at Also check out her international model yogini daughter, Rainbeau at


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6:26PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

A valuable piece of good info. Thanks for sharing.

4:01AM PDT on Jul 22, 2010

Thanks for sharing, I had no idea nettles were so beneficial to health :D

3:47PM PDT on Jul 17, 2010

very informative thankyou for shareing

10:52PM PDT on Jul 10, 2010


2:01AM PDT on Jul 10, 2010

Excellent. I've recently started harnessing nettle to make tea with green tea and mint.

1:06AM PDT on Jul 4, 2010

Wonderful.... Thank you so much for sharing this article.

Love it, love it, love it !!!!

10:03PM PDT on Jun 18, 2010

Excellent article. Thanks.

12:22PM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

the root may be good in tea for the prostate too

3:30AM PDT on Jun 16, 2010

Thanks very much for this.

2:05AM PDT on Jun 14, 2010


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