EN on Herbs

April 1999 Issue

Nettle Plant Stings Skin But May Help Prostate

Brush against stinging nettle (Urtica dioica L.) and you'll know how it got its name. Hairs on the leaves and stems of this tall perennial plant, rampant in the U.S. and Europe, release burning chemicals when touched. Roman soldiers are said to have lashed their skin with the heart-shaped, serrated nettle leaves to keep warm. What It Might Do: Beyond the sting, nettle has possible medicinal value. European folkloric medicine valued the

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