Urtica urens

Urtica urens L.

Urticaceae

  • Burning Nettle
  • Dwarf Nettle
  • Small Nettle
  • حريق
  • حومشة
  • شعر العجوز
  • قريص عادي
  • humsha
  • hurreiq
  • qurreis 'adi
  • sha'r el-'ajuz
  • סִרְפָּד צוֹרֵב
  • sirpad tzorev

Annual

  • Nutrient-rich soils
  • ruderal
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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Urtica urens L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Skin allergy

Anti-allergy

Apply juice from aerial parts to skin.

Aerial partsB
Dermatological

Skin problems

Non-specific

Apply juice from aerial parts to affected skin.

Aerial partsB
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Nose infection

Anti-Infective

Grind dried seeds & inhale.

SeedB
Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT)

Nosebleed

Haemostatic

Burn dried fruits, crush into powder & pour into nose during nose bleed or x 2/day.

FruitZ
General

Oedema

Anti-hydropic

Decoct fruit in water, cool, filter & drink for 7 days.

FruitZ
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Difficulty passing urine

Deobstruent

Decoct leaves & add to decoction of thyme (Origanum syriacum) + cinnamon + fennel; drink 1 cup x4/day until well.

LeafB
Kidney & Urinary Tract

Urinary tract infection

Anti-Infective

Cut & wash leaves, boil in water for 15 min & drink as much as possible until recovery.

LeafB
Mens Health

Prostate inflammation

Anti-inflammatory, Prostate health

Extract juice from stem & drink 1 teaspoon x2/day for 10 days.

StemB
Musculoskeletal/ Joints

Rheumatic pain

Analgesic, Anti-arthritic, Anti-inflammatory

Use leaves & aerial parts. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

Aerial parts, LeafZ
Opthalmic

Eye pain

Analgesic

Use leaves & aerial parts. (Preparation/ Admin. not specified.)

Aerial parts, LeafZ

Other Uses

Urtica urens L.

System/StateComplaint / Use Activity / Interpretation Preparation and Administration
Parts Used

Source
Veterinary

Diarrhea in livestock

Anti-Infective, Anti-diarrheal

Decoct aerial parts & add to animal`s drinking water (cows, sheep, goats).

Aerial partsB
Veterinary

Increase lactation in livestock

Galactagogue

Add aerial parts to animal feed (cows, sheep, goats).

Aerial partsB
Veterinary

Udder inflammation & hardness in livestock

Anti-inflammatory

Strike whole plant against animal`s udder.

Whole plant (? aerial parts + root)B
Veterinary

Urinary tract infection in livestock

Anti-Infective

Add aerial parts to animal feed (cows, sheep, goats).

Aerial partsB

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

The Urtica genus has species with stinging hairs on leaves causing skin irritation. This can be neutralized by cooking or decocting the leaves. Old leaves develop cystoliths (outgrowths of the cell wall usually of calcium carbonate) which can irritate the kidneys. Roots may cause gastrointestinal upsets & nausea. Avoid in preganacy & lactation & severely allergic patients. Can interfere with drugs for hypertension, diabetes & the CNS.