Product: Nettle Root Powder
Latin Name: Urtica dioica
Plant Family: Urticaceae
Other Names: Common Nettle, Stinging Nettle, European Stinging Nettle, Ortiga Ancha, Gerrais, Isirgan, Kazink, Grande Ortie, Ortie, Urtiga, Chichicaste, Racine d’Ortie, Wergulu Bichu, Ortiga, Urticae Radix & Brennessel.
Description: Nettle is an herbaceous, perennial plant native to Europe and most temperate regions of the world. It can grow to a height of 2 metres; the roots can spread underground for approximately 2 metres in width. The bright yellow coloured roots are comprised of rhizomes and stolons.
Interesting Fact: Did you know that ants and nettles both produce formic acid the chemical responsible for the burning sensation experienced when you touch nettles or are stung by ants? An old country remedy for nettle sting is to rub the roots of the nettle on to the area that has been stung by the aerial parts; this is believed to relieve the burning sensation.
SUGGESTED USEA decoction of the powdered root can be added to shampoos and rinses for the hair which can prove beneficial to scalps prone to dandruff, the decoction can also be added to lotions and creams for the skin where astringency is required. A natural yellow dye can also be obtained if alum is used as a mordant.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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