Nettle Extract | Uritca dioica

About Nettle Extract

Nettle (Uritca dioica) is often referred to as stinging nettle due to the stinging hairs found on the leaves and stems of many, but not all, species. A perennial, flowering plant, Nettle is typically found in the countryside of Northern Europe and parts of Asia, North Africa and the west coast of North America.

Nettles have a long history in traditional medicine. In Ancient Greece, they were used as a diuretic and laxative. In Austria, Nettles were consumed to help treat kidney and urinary tract infections, hemorrhage, influenza and more. In Old England, it was believed that Nettles could help promote lactation. The Nettle plant was even used to cause irritation by flogging the leave directly on the skin, as an attempt to treat rheumatism.


How It Works

The extract of the Stinging Nettle contains components that give it anti-inflammatory, analgesic and astringent properties. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, it is believed to be able to ease skin irritations, joint pain and muscle aches.

In personal care products, it is the astringent properties that give Nettle extract its biggest benefit. As an astringent, nettle extract reduces secretion and tightens the skin’s follicles to treat oily scalp and hair loss. It is also used to treat dandruff, which is believed to be caused by overproduction of scalp oil and skin irritation. Nettle extract works by calming oil production and scalp irritation, giving your hair a flake-free look.

Common Concerns

Although touching the Stinging Nettle plant can cause skin irritation and itch, as part of a formulation for skin or hair care products, Nettle extract is considered a non-irritant and safe for topical applications. Irritation and itch caused by the plant’s stinging needles usually dissipates over time and can be treated with anti-itch and anti-inflammatory creams or gels, including Nature’s Aid skin gel.


Quick Facts

Binomial Name: Urtica Dioica
Common Name: Nettle Extract
Source: Extract from Nettle leaves and stem
EWG Score: 1


Proven and Possible Benefits


Anti-aging Hair care Oily scalp Hair loss Dandruff


Osteoarthritis Inflammation Pain




Information contained in this website is intended for educational purposes only and is in no way intended for diagnosis. The Food and Drug Administration or Health Canada have not evaluated this information. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. For health problems, please refer to a qualified health practitioner.


  • dead nettle on bright green background from plants used to make nettle extract
  • A handful of stinging nettle used to make nettle extract