Nettle Leaf, Common Nettle, Gerrais, Isirgan, Kazink, Ortiga, Grande Ortie, Ortie, Urtiga, Chichicaste, Brennessel
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is a perennial herb of the Urticaceae family that is a commonly found weed in temperate and tropical regions of Americas, Asia and Europe. It is known for its stinging trichomes along its stems and leaves. Specific applications studied in poultry include:
Antiparasitic: In British Columbia, it is used for endoparasites in poultry. A leaf infusion (2.5 g dry plant leaves infused in 1 L boiled water) protected rats.
Deworming: If birds are provided free range access to this plant, they will often nibble on it as a form of self-medication against internal parasites.
Antibacterial: It possess antibacterial potency against MRSA isolates and may be used as a natural antiseptics and antimicrobial agents in medicine.