(The name derived from the Latin,
, I burn)
Stems are square and contain little
hairs. The leaves grow opposite and are toothed and
have noticeable veins. The inflorescence of the nettle
plant is an “inconspicuous” green.
Nettle can grow
2 to 4 feet high. Dioica meaning “2 houses”,
referring to the two sexed plant.
Nettles are found near a fair amount of moisture, such as streams, valleys and marshes.
They can grow from sea level to 10,000 feet, but are more common above 4,000 feet.
whole plant when dried can be used in infusions, liquid extracts, ointments,
powders and tinctures. Cooking nettle makes it significantly less irritant
contain high amounts of protein, linoleic acid, SFA’s, nitrogen, calcium,
chlorophylls, magnesium, sulfur, silicon, linolenic acid and contains smaller amounts of iron,
beta-carotene, serotonin, zinc, and many more constituents including histamine and formic acid.