NETTLEStinging nettle (Urtica dioca) is an herbaceous perennial flowering plant, found in Europe, Asia, northern Africa and North America. Fresh pressed juice of nettle plants, and tinctures or tea infusions of the dried leaves, are commonly used in Europe as a traditional spring tonic, known to support joint health.*
Because of its gentle tonic like qualities, nettle is popular to eat as a food, steamed in place of spinach in recipes like lasagna. Steaming the plant before eating it is very important as it removes the sting that gives the plant its “stinging nettle” namesake.
Nettle also makes a pleasantly refreshing, grassy-green tasting and slightly bitter tea whose tonic properties are highly regarded by Western herbalists.