Pick and collect dead-nettles (lamium). There are many uses


Dead-nettle is very similar to classic nettle, which can give us uncomfortable burns. Unlike the classic nettle, dead-nettle has white flowers that surround the stem on all sides. Dead-nettle is widely used in folk medicine, as evidenced by a plethora of various folk names. For example it is called deaf nettle, purple dead-nettle, or purple archangel.

Healing effects

Dead-nettle has been used for years to treat women’s problems . Women used dead nettle to relieve menstrual pain and strengthen the uterus or to treat ovarian and other gynaecological inflammations. In addition to women, older people with urinary problems also used dead-nettle. It is also believed to have a positive effect on insomnia and skin eczema, the digestive and respiratory systems and it is also used to support treatment of haemorrhoids.

How to use dead-nettle?

You will not have any trouble to collect this plant because it grows almost everywhere. Just look around. But you can also buy it in a dried form at your pharmacy where it is sold as “women’s” tea, which contain a large portion of dead-nettle. In addition to tea, you can use dead-nettle in the form extract and use it externally – for example, to treat skin diseases. You can also prepare a bath for yourself to help you treat haemorrhoids, or you may even add young dead-nettle leaves to various salads .

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Preparation of extract or tea

Pour 250 ml of hot water over two teaspoons of dead-nettle flowers and let it sit for 15 minutes. If you want, you can add honey and use it as a tea or tonic.

Bath preparation

Collect 10-15 whole plants and cut or tear them into small pieces. Pour lukewarm water over them in the morning (everything must be submerged) and let them saturate until the evening and then boil them for about 5 minutes. When done, pour this extract into your bath.

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Radek Štěpán

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