Nettle: Spiritual Meaning, Uses & Benefits

Nettle: Spiritual Meaning, Uses & Benefits

Everything you need to know about the plant Nettle.

Plant history

Nettle use has been recorded as far back as the Bronze Age (3000 BCE – 1200 BCE), and it is still used in herbalism today. Between 58 and 45 BCE, there are records of Nettle's stinging properties assisting Julius Caesar's troops in helping them stay awake and alert during the night.

Ancient Egyptians used stinging nettle to treat arthritis and lower back pain, while Roman troops rubbed it on themselves to help stay warm

Plant Identification

  • Origin: Europe
  • Growth: Nettles often grows to about 2 metres (6.5 feet) in height. 
  • Plant family: Urticaceae
  • Scent: Good quality nettles scent is faint and herbaceous. Nettle leaf that smells musty is of poor quality.
  • Colour: Green
  • Harvesting: Stinging nettle grows from early spring through the summer. The best time to harvest them is while they're still a small, no more than a foot tall, because that's when the leaves are the most tender. The leaves are best harvested while they're still young and before the plant starts flowering.
  • Endangered: Not endangered.



    Nettle teaches us how to transmute painful life experiences into personal change and growth, just as the stinging nettle herself yields a wonderful tonic. Nettle renders strength to the emotions, underpinning them and allowing a person to use them to grow and manifest change. Nettle is often used in many spiritual rituals for binding, protecting and banishing. 

    Nettle can be used to contact the inner warrior, to fan the flames of courage and assertiveness in those who need to contact their own fiery emotions in order to break free from bad patterns and victim mentality. Nettle reminds us of our own resilience and power, allowing us to cope with bad situations and see a way out of problems, as well as making our emotions less overpowering. Nettle is the herb to bring out the qualities required in a leader enthusiasm, commitment and strength of purpose, as well as the ability to seize the initiative.

    • Nettle is connected to the element of Fire and carries masculine energy
    • Associated with the Zodiac Sign; Scorpio and Libra


    Nettle has many wonderful attributes for medicinal purposes. Nettle leaves and stalks are high in calcium, magnesium, trace minerals, chlorophyll, chromium, cobalt, iron, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, sulphur, protein, manganese, selenium, vitamin C, D, K and B complex, and carotenes. A nourishing herbal infusion with dried nettle leaves may improve overall health. Helps in relaxing. As a flower essence, nettle may help in decision-making. It has a calming effect, and it clears up brain-fog as well as aids in making clear and concise decisions. Nettle promotes a grounded feeling when we get overwhelmed.

    Nettle flower essence may also help in healing from unresolved tensions. Nettle also promotes better sleep by calming the mind. 

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