Uritica Dioica

Lesser Nettle, Stinging Nettle, Hsieh-tzu-ts'ao (Traditional Chinese Medicine), Vrishchikali (Ayurvedic)

Native to


A majority of the Witchlist's Garden include naturalized species that now live across the globe, for history's sake and to ensure we recognize any appropriation that we may make in our use of a plant, we include it's nativity.

Parts Used

Caution when harvesting! It's called Stinging Nettle for a reason!

  • Leaves and Stalks in the spring, prior to flowering.

  • Rhizomes (root system)

  • Seeds can be harvested when they are still green, usually when the head first starts to droop

  • Alterative

  • Antihistamine

  • Anti-inflammatory

  • Astringent

  • Diuretic

  • Galactagogue

  • Hemostatic

  • Nutritive

  • Rubefacien

Divinities & Mythos

  • Thor (Norse)

Plant Energies

Over the course of millenia, various religions, physical sciences, diviners and star gazers, etc. have come to assign energies. This is perfectly synopsized by JD Walker in A Witch's Guide to Wildcraft:

Plants can be hot, cold, wet, or dry. They are assigned to or governed by one of seven (or nine [by including the Moon and Sun], depending on your outlook) heavenly bodies. People assigned these characteristics based on where a plant grew, what it looked like, and what effect it had on the humans and animals that came in contact with the plant.

  • Planet(s): Mars

  • Element(s): Fire

  • Gender: Masculine

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Nettles in Action

The Bat & Raven offers these products that utilize the properties of Nettles.

Magical Properties

  • Banish Negativity

  • Cleansing

  • Consecration

  • Courage

  • Exorcism

  • Healing

  • Hex-breaking

  • Home Blessing

  • Lust

  • Protection

  • Purification

  • Threshold guardian in home, life, and death

  • Warding

Talk to your Doctor/Medical Professional before adding any Supplements, herbal teas, Infusions, etc.

Part of the reason that we list medical jargin is because many plants can interfere with or even counteract medications we already take or it can exacerbate ailments we already have. 

When talking to your Medical Professional, we suggest asking what "actions" an herb might do to interfere 
with your health, either positive of negative. For example, if you suffer from heartburn, a Cholagogue which creates more bile may not be advantageous. Too much of a good thing, eh?