NAME : NETTLE
GAELIC NAME : Neantóg
LATIN NAME : Urtica dioica.
COMMON / FOLK NAMES : Common
Common Stinging Nettle
MEDICINAL PART : The plant.
PLACES OF ORIGIN : All over the world.
HABITAT : Grows in waste places, gardens, along roadsides, fences, and walls.
DESCRIPTION : Singing nettle is a perennial plant. The square, bristly stem
grows from 2 to 7 feet high and bears opposite, cordate, deeply serrate, pointed leaves
which are downy underneath.
FLOWERING PERIODS : The small, greenish flowers grow in axillary clusters from
July to September.
PROPERTIES : Astringent
USES : The fresh juice or an infusion of the nettle plant has been used to
stimulate the digestive system and to promote milk flow in nursing mothers. As an
astringent it is also use for blood in the urine, haemorrhoids, and excessive menstrual
flow. Nettle is a helpful remedy for ailments of the urinary tract and is said to reduce
susceptibility to rheumatic problems and colds. A decoction of the plant is good for
diarrhoea. A decoction of the root is recommended for external use on the scalp for loss
of hair. The fresh leaves have sometimes been used as a Rubefacient., but severe
irritation and blistering can result. Nettle can also be eaten as a vegetable, but old
must be thoroughly cooked to be safe. Young plants in the spring can be used for salad or
as a vegetable.
CAUTION -: Do not eat old plants
uncooked; they can produce kidney damage and the symptoms of poisoning. The bristly hairs
of the nettle plant act like a hypodermic, injecting an irritant substance under the skin
when touched: so handle with care.
GENDER : Masculine.
PLANET : Mars.
ELEMENT : Fire.
DEITIES : Áine
POWERS : Exorcism
Call on the goddess Áine when
using for protection and healing.
Call on goddess Medb while
using nettle for lust spells (note:
she is a very powerful goddess)
The protective powers of the nettle have long been used in magic.
To remove a curse and send it back, stuff a poppet with nettle, or carry some in a sachet.
Also, sprinkle nettle around the house to keep evil out and to send it back. Nettle
is also thrown onto the a fire to avert danger, held in the hand to ward off ghosts,
carried with yarrow to allay fear, and worn as an amulet to keep
negativity far away.
A pot of freshly cut nettles placed beneath a sickbed will aid in the person's recovery.
Nettle has sometimes been used as a lust-inducing herb, and contemporary Mexican
spiritualists recommend its use in purification baths because it is 'more carnivorous'
than other herbs, and so will work more efficiently.