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.
Antiparasitic: In British Columbia, U. dioica is used for endoparasites in poultry. A leaf infusion (2.5 g dry plant leaves infused in 1 L boiled water) protected rats. If poultry are provided access to U. dioica they will often nibble on it as a form of self-medication against internal parasites.
Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Extracts of Sambucus ebulus and U. dioica possess antibacterial potency against MRSA isolates and may be used as a natural antiseptics and antimicrobial agents in medicine.