Stinging Nettle Spagyric (Urtica dioica) in 2oz amber glass dropper bottle
The stinging nettle plant, with its tall posture and heart-shaped leaves, is a nutritional powerhouse, containing vitamins A, C, D, E, F, K, and P as well as B complexes, iron, calcium, fats, proteins and an essential amino acid profile (1). Nettle has been utilized ethnobotanically to treat sore muscles and joints, asthma, and arthritis for many generations (1). The stinging nettle plant has a variety of anti-inflammatory applications in humans, since it affects numerous receptors and/or enzymes involved in allergic reaction pathways (1,2). Nettle can even be applied topically to treat insect bites and eczema (1).
Studies have shown that taking an oral extract of stinging nettle with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), allows a person to significantly reduce the dose of NSAID that is necessary to relieve inflammation. In a clinical trial of 37 people with acute arthritis, 50 g of stewed nettle leaves consumed daily, combined with 50 mg of NSAID medication, were shown to be as effective as the full 200-mg dose of the NSAID over a two-week period (2). In this study, conducted by Randall et al, ingestion of nettle was able to decrease osteoarthritic pain. They showed that stinging nettle works in combination with NSAIDs, allowing patients to decrease prolonged use of NSAIDs, which over long time periods are known increase the risk of heart attack, liver damage, and damage gut microbiota (2).
Another, more lesser known application of stinging nettle is relatively fast relief from asthma. There is currently little clinical data in humans to demonstrate efficacy of nettle for asthma, however one study in rats has shown promise for protecting against inflammation of the lungs and airway (3). At Mushroomlife our best customer of nettle extracts suffers from asthma and breathing difficulties, and he uses our extract to provide relief. Since he has been such a great customer, we asked him to provide a testimonial after trying our newest product, the Stinging Nettle Spagyric, which you can read here below.
"The stinging nettle spagyric has many health benefits for me. The most important one is helping me to breathe. If you have trouble breathing or have allergies, get a bottle (or more). It’s awesome." -Michael A. Meder, customer at Mushroomlife since 2015
Stinging nettle is generally considered safe, but occasional side effects may include rash or hives (in topical applications) mild stomach upset, fluid retention, or increased sweating. Pregnant women should never use stinging nettle, and no one should ever apply nettle to an open wound.
Important Note: Mushroomlife's Stinging Nettle Spagyric does not contain plant material, only extracted compounds, so it will NOT sting your mouth/throat.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
1. Kregiel D, Pawlikowska E, Antolak H. "Urtica spp.: Ordinary Plants with Extraordinary Properties." Molecules The Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry. 2018, 23(7): 1664-1685.
2. Randall C, Randall H, Dobbs F, Hutton C, Sanders H. "Randomized controlled trial of nettle sting for treatment of base-of-thumb pain." Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. 2000, 93: 305–309.
3. Zemmouri H, Sekiou O, Ammar S, El Feki A, Bouaziz M, Messarah M, Boumendjel A. "Urtica dioica attenuates ovalbumin-induced inflammation and lipid peroxidation of lung tissues in rat athsma model." Pharmaceutical Biology. 2017, 55(1):1561-1568.