Herbal Wisdom From the Backyard – Purple Dead Nettle

Aug 13, 2020 | Healthy Body

You have probably seen this growing around your yard or neighborhood. Most people consider it a weed, but this herb has many great properties! 

A member of the mint family (without the minty taste), it is quite nutritious and particularly high in Vitamin C, iron and fiber.  Chop it up for a garnish, add to a salad or toss in a smoothie (not too much though, as it can have a laxative effect…unless that is what you need). 

It is known to help reduce allergy symptoms (taken as a tincture or as tea).  It is known to have anti-inflammatory properties that not only soothe the lungs and nasal passages, but can also help with stiff joints and muscles. Place the leaves on a cut to help stop bleeding.