Tincture of nettle seed (Urtica dioica semen) 1:2 35%
Urtica dioica semen, organic grain alcohol
Daily adult dose: 2ml up to three times a day.
Excessive doses may keep you awake at night, nettle seeds are stimulants.
Parts used: Seeds, harvested when ripe but still green
Habitat: Native to temperate zones such as Britain, Northern Europe and Asia.
Folklore and History: This article on nettle seed by Monica Wilde of Napiers in Edinburgh is very informative. She states that "in the past, horse traders would feed nettle seed to horses a few weeks before selling them. It helped the old lags become sprightly again with high spirits and shiny coats. ...In Europe it was used to restore libido and sexual energy, and the pressed oil burned in Egyptian lamps".
Constituents: Flavonoids, phenolic constituents, sterols, tannins, vitamins and minerals, fixed oils oil high in polyunsaturated fatty acids (predominantly linoleic, linolenic, palmitic, oleic and stearic acids), lectins (Urtica dioica agglutinin), choline
Actions: Antihaemorrhagic, diuretic, tonic, hepatic, astringent, alterative, adaptogenic, supportive of the adrenal clangs and endocrine system, tonic and trophorestortive for the kidneys and urinary tract, nephrorestorativeanti-inflammatory, stimulates superantigen activity, immune stimulant, hepatorestorative, hepatoprotective, detoxifying, stimulant, mildly anti-depressant
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