This herb is often listed as a vegetable and I'm sure that is possible to consume as a 'survival food', but I have not been that hungry yet. The stinging hairs do disappear once it is dried or steamed.
As a diuretic tea though, it is invaluable. High in iron that the body can easily absorb, it stimulates circulation and helps clear uric acid.
The plant has a creeping rhizome that can establish itself quite permanently in the garden so it is best planted where it will not be brushed past often.
It is best planted in groups of plants to enable the fertilisation of the summer flowers. Thus ensuring a constant supply.
Combined with Comfrey leaves, it helps to make a fantastic compost tea that helps with mildews and fungus.
Small seed - 650 per gm.
30 fresh seeds $3.95
Degree of difficulty in germination.....2/10 (1 is easy - 10 very difficult)
Stinging Nettle herb and leaf
Published April 23, 1987
Name of Drug
Urticae herba, stinging nettle herb.
Urticae folium, stinging nettle leaf.
Composition of Drug
Stinging nettle herb consists of fresh or dried above-ground parts of Urtica dioica L., U. urens L. [Fam. Urticaceae], and/or hybrids of these species, collected during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.
Stinging nettle leaf consists of fresh or dried leaves of U. dioica L., U. urens L. and/or hybrids of these species, gathered during flowering season, as well as their preparations in effective dosage.
Stinging nettle leaf and herb contain mineral salts, mainly calcium and potassium salts, and silicic acid.
Internal and external application:
As supportive therapy for rheumatic ailments.
As irrigation therapy for inflammatory diseases of the lower urinary tract and prevention and treatment of kidney gravel.
Note:No irrigation therapy if edema exists due to impaired heart or kidney function.
Interactions with Other Drugs
Unless otherwise prescribed:
Average daily dosage:
8 - 12 g of drug;
Mode of Administration
Comminuted herb for teas and other galenical preparations for internal use, as stinging nettle spirit for external application.
Note:In irrigation therapy, intake of copious amounts of fluids must be observed.