nettle

Summary

Medicinal plant with astringent effect, indicated mainly in case of vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea) or gastrointestinal disorders, often presented as a tea or decoction.

names

Portuguese name: White nettle
Binomial name: Lamium album L.
French name: lamier blanc , ortie blanche, ortie morte, ortie lavonoïdes
English name: white nettle
German name: Weiße Taubnessel
Italian name: Falsa ortica bianca
Spanish name: ortiga muerta, white nettle

Family

Lamiaceae.

Constituents

Monoterpene glycosides, tannins, mucilages, flavonoids.

parts used

Flowering sumities (aerial parts).

Effects

Astringent, expectorant.

Indications

Internal use: 

– Gynecological disorders such as white discharge or vaginal discharge (leucorrhoea) as well as heavy menstruation, gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea and urinary disorders.

External use:
– Itchy scalp (when used externally) as in the case of dandruff .

Secundary effects

None known.

contraindications

None known.

Interactions

None known.

Preparations

– Infusion (30g/L – internal use)

– Decoction (50g/L – external use)

Where does white nettle grow?

White nettle grows mainly in Europe and Asia.
The white nettle reaches a height of between 20 and 80 cm. It is a perennial plant, meaning it can live for several years.
In Europe, white nettle flowering usually occurs from April to November.

When to harvest?

It is recommended that flowering tops be harvested in summer. The ends can be harvested before flowering and used in cooking as a salad. Do not confuse white nettle with nettle, an important difference is that white nettle has white flowers, this is not the case with nettle.

The white nettle does not have stinging hairs, as is the case with the nettle.
Plus, white nettle usually grows in nettle shade.

Comments

– It is recommended to harvest flowering tops in the summer. The ends can be harvested before flowering and used in cooking as a salad.

– There are other species of Lamium besides the white nettle ( Lamium album ). These species usually have a color other than white, such as: purple lamium ( Lamium pupureum ), yellow archangel (Lamium galeobdolon), spotted lamium ( Lamium maculatum ) and violet lamium (Lamium amplexicaule). These different species of lamia often taste different and these plants can be eaten as a vegetable.

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