Externally, white dead nettle creams and salves can be used on cuts and grazes and also make a soothing, astringent lotion for piles and burns.
These days the herb can be used to help support menstrual and urinary disorders. White dead nettle tea can be helpful for cystitis and in prostatitis and it can speed recovery after surgery for enlarged prostate. It may be used to support heavy periods and used as a douche for vaginal discharges.
White dead nettle also has some action on the bowel, helping to regulate function, so it can be useful for both constipation and diarrhoea.
White dead nettle - so called because its leaves resemble those of the stinging nettle, although it does not sting - is a common wild plant often growing as a weed in suburban gardens. It is no relation of the stinging nettle, but belongs to the mint family and takes its botanical name from the Greek word for "throat", which was supposedly descriptive of the flowers.
The plant can also be eaten, with the young leaves and plant tips added to salads or cooked like spinach and served as a vegetable.
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Apply Bianca Rosa salve / ointment morning and evenings, or as directed by a health care practitioner. On a moist cotton wool pad or with the fingertips, apply to the desired area of the body. Massage onto thoroughly cleansed skin with a gentle circular motion.
Not to be used during pregnancy and lactation. Do not exceed recommended dose.
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