The stems and leaves of young plants are used. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica and the closely related Urtica urens) has a long history of use.
Nettle is a classical herb with rich quantities of minerals that penetrate our skin and scalp. The main minerals found in Nettle are silicic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, and zinc), including Vitamins A, B, C, K, protein, mucilage, sterols and phenols (root), flavonoids (including rutin).
For oily skin, it is cleansing, clarifying and emollient and soothes sensitive skins
Used extensively in Hair Care products where it is supposed to counteract hair loss, prevent and cure dandruff, reduce oily secretions and improve the quality of dry, lifeless hair and stimulate the scalp
Nettle is a classical herb with rich quantities of minerals that penetrate our skin and scalp.
Which products to use it in
If using Nettle in creams, lotions or gels you will need to disguise the colour as your product will become a green/grey/brownish colour due to the high content of chlorophyll in Nettle
Use nettle in creams, lotions and gels
Effective in shampoos, hair rinses, hair gels, and hair waters for lifeless hair, dandruff and oily scalp conditions
Water or oil-soluble?
Can I add it to ready-made products?
How to use in products
Boil 5-10g dried Nettle in 1L of water or 50-100g fresh Nettle in 2-3L of water
Infuse Nettle leaves, however, if stems and leaves are together then make a decoction
Storage and Shelf Life
2-3 years. Store in the dark and keep dry.
Due to the fact that nettle doesn’t have any saponins (natural soap) to open up the pores it is very important that you use a herb that does contains saponins when you make a shampoo. As we want the minerals to penetrate down into the scalp and that’s what the saponins help them to do. Birch and Horsetail herbs are excellent for this purpose. Always use at least 10% of these in a hair care product with nettle
For an effective dandruff shampoo the essential oils to add would be Tea Tree and Lavender