Product: Nettle Root
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 & 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 stolon’s.
Brief History: The botanical name of nettle, ‘Urtica’, is derived from the Latin word ‘uro’ meaning ‘to burn’ which describes the ‘burning’ sensation given when the ‘stinging’ hairs make contact with the skin. Nettle was one of the 9 sacred herbs of the Anglo-Saxons in the 10th century and featured in the ‘9 Herbs Charm’ that was given in cases of poison and infection. Culpeper in the 17th century recommended that ‘The roots or leaves boiled, or the juice of either of them, or both made into an electuary with honey and sugar, is a safe and sure medicine to open the pipes and passages of the lungs’.
SUGGESTED USEA yellow dye can be obtained from the roots of nettle if alum is used as a mordant. Extracts from the root are used in the cosmetics industry for making products for hair loss.
Shelf life of two years provided that goods are stored in an airtight container in ambient conditions.
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