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Stinging nettle can be eaten on its own or as an ingredient in foods. Nettle leaves must first be cooked or steamed to destroy the hairs on them, which contain a number of irritating chemicals.

Most medicinal uses of stinging nettle use more of the plant than you would typically eat.

From: Stinging Nettle WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Chrubasik, J. , August 2007. Phytomedicine

Roschek, B. , July 2009. Phytotherapy Research

Alternative Medicine Review , September 2007.

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

SOURCES:

Natural Standard Bottom Line Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Natural Standard Professional Monograph: "Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)."

Chrubasik, J. , August 2007. Phytomedicine

Roschek, B. , July 2009. Phytotherapy Research

Alternative Medicine Review , September 2007.

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on May 22, 2017

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