The healing power of white dead-nettle

The white dead-nettle is originally found in Western Asia and throughout Europe. This plant has been introduced and well integrated in North America, Iceland and New Zealand. In the Netherlands you see this perennial plant on roadsides, in open spaces in the forest and near water. It likes moist and nutrient-rich soil. White dead-nettle is very similar to stinging nettle except that it has white flowers and does not sting. The leaves of this plant can be eaten as a vegetable. The white dead nettle is a real bee plant. The flowers are very sweet and are sometimes sucked out by children for the honey-like taste. The plant has a medicinal effect on humans, mainly as a soothing agent on the mucous membranes. NB! This article is written from the personal view of the author and may contain information that is not scientifically substantiated and/or in line with the general view.

Botanical drawing white dead-nettle / Source: Johann Georg Sturm (Painter: Jacob Sturm), Wikimedia Commons (Public domain)

Contents:

  • Naming
  • History of use of white dead-nettle
  • Active substances
  • White dead-nettle for the uterus
  • Other mucous membranes
  • Dose and safety

Naming

The Latin name of white dead-nettle is Lamium album . Dutch has a number of alternative names: Flowering nettle, Angel’s food, Rooster’s head, Nettlewort, Pistons, Sugar nettle and soft nettle. Many of the Dutch names refer to the fact that it resembles the nettle. It is also called sugar nettle and suckers because the flowers were mainly sucked out by children. That is tasty and healthy.

History of use of white dead-nettle

In Dutch folk medicine, a tea was made from white dead-nettle. This is said to have depurative or blood purifying properties. In addition, this plant was used for diarrhea, chest disorders and spleen and kidney problems. The

A field of white dead nettles / Source: H. Zell, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Roots of this plant used to be boiled in wine as a remedy for kidney stones. This plant was also used for enlarged prostate in men and leucorrhoea or white loss in women. People used to know that this plant can help with digestive problems. Wraps of white dead-nettle tea are still used for varicose veins. Hemorrhoids can also be treated with a rinse. Other external applications from folk medicine are: skin swellings, bumps, ulcers, flaking scalp and gout.

White dead-nettle fits in a vegetable garden. It sows itself and stimulates the vegetables to grow.

Active substances

In phytotherapy, the flower of the white dead-nettle is mainly used. Sometimes the herb itself is also used. The flower contains tannins such as gallic acid, mucilages, triterpene saponides, iridoids such as lamalbide, 6-deoxylamalbide, albosides A and B and cayoptin. This plant also contains the flavonoids rutin and tiliroside, chlorogenic acid, the phenylpropane glycosides acteoside and galactosylacteoside. The latter is also called lamalboside. The white deadnettle also contains potassium salts, the biogenic amines histamine, choline, tyramine and methylamine, lamioside and the alkaloid lamiine.

White dead-nettle for the uterus

White dead-nettle has a soothing effect because it contains mucilage. It also has an astringent or astringent effect. This reduces the secretion of mucous membranes. In addition, it is an anti-inflammatory agent. It works particularly well for the uterus and vagina. It can be eaten for this purpose and used externally as a rinse. Furthermore, it is a general tonic for the uterus. Because of these medicinal properties, white dead-nettle is used in phytotherapy for the following indications:

  • Leucorrhea or white loss,
  • Excessive menstrual blood loss,
  • Painful menstruation.

Other mucous membranes

The medicinal effects on the mucous membranes are not only good for the uterus but also for the digestive system. Furthermore, there are of course mucous membranes in the respiratory tract and white dead-nettle can also be a tonic for this. It dissolves the mucus in the airways. This makes white dead-nettle a natural medicine for:

White dead-nettle / Source: Georges Jansoone, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

  • Diarrhea
  • Digestive disorders.
  • Respiratory problems.

Dose and safety

There are several different ways to use white dead-nettle:

  • Three cups of tea made from three grams of dried flowers per day.
  • 30 drops of mother tincture three times per day.
  • Three cups of a desert spoon of dried herb per day between meals.

White dead-nettle is a safe herb. It can even be eaten as a wild vegetable. No side effects are known at therapeutic amounts.