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Nature's Temple / Nettle Leaf

Nettle

(Verbascum thapsus)

The venom in stinging nettles was initially attributed to formic acid – the same chemical contained in ant venom.

Parts Used: Leaf

Active Constituents:

Formic acid, histamine, mucilage, minerals (including iron and calcium), vitamins, ammonia, carbonic acid, chlorophyll and water, beta-sitosterol, trans-ferulic acid, dotriacotane, erucic acid, ursolic acid, scopoletin, rutin, quercetin, polysaccharides and p-hydroxylbenzalcohol.  The main chemicals are histamine, leukotriene, acetylcholine and 5-hydroxytryptamine (serotonin).

Main Actions:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-allergic
  • Antioxidant
  • Astringent
  • Diuretic
  • Hepatoprotective
  • Topical Irritant
  • Nutritive Tonic
  • Promotes Milk Flow

Major Safety Issues:

  • Rashes have been reported during studies examining topical application of nettle
  • No other reported significant adverse effects reported