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To use as an infusion (tea):  Pour one cup boiling water over 2-3 tablespoons leaves or plant and steep for 10-20 minutes or until desired temperature.  Drink 1-3 cups daily. 

To use a tincture (alcohol extract):
  Put 15-20 drops (0.25-0.3 ml) in a small amount of water and take 2 times daily of the herb, or 30 drops (0.5 ml) 2-3 times daily of the root.

To use the juice:
  Mix with an equal amount of water and take 1 teaspoon at a time.

To use as a decoction:
  Take 2-4 fluid ounces as needed.

Encapsulated form:
Take 2 capsules of 600 mg 2-3 times daily of the herb, or a total of 320 to 1,200 mg daily of the root.

To help prevent seasonal allergies or hay fever, two 300 mg nettle leaf capsules or tablets, or a 2-4 ml tincture, three times per day can be taken during allergy season.  For acute attacks, the freeze-dried encapsulated herb can be taken two capsules every five minutes until symptoms have diminished.  For hives, 1-2 capsules can be taken every 2-4 hours as needed.

An infusion, tincture, powder, or the fresh juice can be applied externally to cuts and wounds, hemorrhoids, to nostrils for nosebleeds, insect bites or stings, and to soothe and heal burns and scalds.  An ointment can also be applied, especially to hemorrhoids.

An infusion of the aerial parts can be taken to stimulate the circulation and to cleanse the system in arthritis, rheumatism, gout, and eczema.  Drink 1-3 cups a day.  A compress (a soaked cloth in the tea or tincture) can also be applied to painful arthritic joints, gout, neuralgia, sprains, tendonitis, and sciatica. 

For prostate problems or BPH, 240 mg per day of the root extract in capsules or tablets can be taken.  If this is purchased from a commercial source, it will most likely be combined with saw palmetto or pygeum extracts. 

A tincture of the seeds can be used to raise thyroid function and reduce goiter, for skin problems, and in heavy uterine bleeding.  The regular seeds, in doses of 14 or 16, and repeated three times daily, are highly recommended as a remedy for goiter.

The juice can be obtained by liquidizing the whole fresh plant to make a good tonic for debilitating conditions, anemia, and to soothe nettle stings.  This is also prescribed for cardiac insufficiency with edema.  For warts, rub with the freshly expressed juice 3 or 4 times a day, continuing for 10-12 days. To help prevent balding, a tincture or infusion of nettle leaf can be taken.  As a rinse for dandruff, falling hair, and as a general conditioner, an infusion or decoction of the root can be taken.  The juice of the roots and leaves mixed with honey can relieve bronchitis.  An infusion can be taken to increase lactation in nursing mothers and for post-menopausal health.  Drink 1-3 cups a day.
by Kassie Vance
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