The herb is believed to have astringent, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and soothing properties. White dead nettle is primarily regarded as a “woman’s herb” and it has been used as an herbal remedy for painful and irregular periods, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), vaginal discharge, and as a tonic for the uterus.
The herb does also have other applications than those related to ailments associated with women’s health.
White Dead Nettle (Lamium album) It is thought to nourish and have overall positive effect on the urinary tract system and it has been used as a natural treatment for urinary tract infections and difficulty with urination in both women and men.
Because of herb’s astringent properties, it can be helpful in treating diarrhea, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
A tea made from the dried leaves of white dead nettle has been used as an expectorant agent, cough suppressant and to soothe minor inflammation of the mucosa of the mouth and the pharynx (a membrane-lined cavity behind the nose and mouth).
Externally, the plant has been used as a home remedy for skin rashes, eczema and acne.
Dosage and Administration
Herbal tea can be made by adding 1 or 2 tablespoons of the fresh or dried herb in boiling water. Allow the herb to soak for 5-10 minutes before straining.
For therapeutic purposes, it is often recommended to drink one cup three times a day.
Side Effects and Interactions of White Dead Nettle
White dead nettle is categorized as a “safe herb”. No contraindications, side effects or interactions with conventional medications or other medicinal herb have been reported.