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Urtica dioica (Stinging nettle)

Leaf is a nutritive tonic for allergies, arthritis and skin conditions. The seeds are an adrenal restorative and the root is a prostate tonic. Plants spread through rhizomes and can end up forming a large patch. Urtica means �to sting� in Latin and dioica means in Greek �dioecious� refers to the male and female reproductive organs being on different individuals. Stinging nettle is a great spring tonic and a general detoxifier. Applied topically, the nettle leaves help with arthritis and rheumatism. Nettle also reduces the urinary frequency and waking up in the middle of the night to urinate (nocturia).