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A Look at Urtica urens

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

November 20th, 2023  |  9 Comments

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Joette Calabrese, Practical Homeopathy

Let’s get back to our task of curating a well-stocked homeopathy kit, shall we? Although, it’s not really a task, per se. Many enjoy collecting and organizing the masterpieces we call homeopathic medicines. It gives moms and others a sense of order and preparedness. Plus, it’s just fun!

Today, we’re going to take a look at Urtica urens. Now, to help you remember the nature of the conditions that are often a call to consider homeopathic Urtica urens, let me remind you of the gross substance from which it is made: stinging nettle.

Joette Calabrese, Practical Homeopathy, Stinging Nettles

Have you ever experienced a brush with stinging nettle? Contact can result in a red, itchy rash, swelling, irritated skin, and occasionally even blisters. So, when symptoms involve a nettle rash or a stinging sensation, allow your mind to hearken to this sweeping medicine.

Does that first word of Urtica urens sound familiar? Yep, you’ve heard that root word used as urticaria — a skin rash with raised, red bumps. (We discussed this more extensively in Hives. Apis or Urtica urens?)

We’ve also mentioned its reported efficacy in cases of heat rash or prickly heat. (See Sickening Summer: Heat Rash.)

It’s also a capital choice for sunburns with a stinging or prickly feeling, which we discussed in Sunburn and Dehydration? Homeopathy Offers the Cure.

Additionally, Urtica urens is worth consideration for other types of burns — not just for sunburns. Chemical burns have been shown to respond favorably when Urtica urens 30 is employed.

One might utilize this medicine as frequently as necessary, depending on the severity of the burns. For instance, if the burns are mild, perhaps one would only require the medicine every few hours or twice daily. However, if the burns are extremely serious and one is headed to the emergency room, one might take advantage of Urtica urens every few minutes!

But today, let’s talk about shellfish. As we add Urtica urens to our well-curated homeopathy kit, let me tell you a story about a highly effective situation in which this medicine abated an allergic reaction to shellfish.

Doug, a family friend, has always been conscientious about his shellfish allergy. He cautiously avoided all the various provocateurs, such as crabs, lobsters, shrimp — you know, the usual suspects. So, before he ordered the soup at a highly reviewed new restaurant, he made certain to mention to his server that he couldn’t have shellfish.

“Oh, there’s no shellfish in the soup!” the waiter assured him.

But almost immediately after he ingested the first few delicious spoonfuls of soup, Doug knew he was in trouble.

You see, Doug is a dentist. He knows all about the mouth. So, when his tongue and lips instantly started to swell and sting, he knew he had been exposed to his arch nemesis – shellfish.

In hindsight, the waiter had accurately reported there were no shellfish actually looking up at him from the soup bowl. However, he had no idea that the underlying stock was based on shellfish. The stock was a classic bouillabaisse, created with shrimp shells.


But luckily, Doug knew what to do. He immediately employed Urtica urens 30, every few minutes. Gradually, the swelling and stinging softened, and Doug’s allergic reaction, thankfully, did not progress into full-blown anaphylactic shock. In fact, Doug didn’t even need to head to the hospital as he normally might have. He was deftly able to handle the situation on his own — on the spot in the restaurant — through the health freedom provided by his knowledge of homeopathy.

Is there anything more inspirational than a true story of homeopathic success like this? I think not!

My friends, with the knowledge you are acquiring by reading my blogs and collecting these essential medicines to have on hand, you will share the same health freedom Doug enjoys. Preparedness is 95% of the game. When one’s tongue is already swelling and stinging, it’s too late to learn the necessary medicine and order it.

So, I encourage you to print out the blog posts and the Remedy Cards for every condition that applies to you, your family and your loved ones. Or better yet, join my Mighty Members, where we’ve done all the work for you.

Members can download booklet collections of the Remedy Cards organized by year. Mighties who join with an annual subscription can also download my Remedy Reference Guides, which are downloadable eBooks containing each year’s collection of blog posts … all the way back to 2013.

Had Doug not known of the efficacy of Urtica urens, his lovely evening out may have culminated in a visit to the hospital. Instead, he was able to avert the crisis and pass on the good news of homeopathy!


Joette Calabrese


P.S. As a reminder, all homeopathic medicines should be discontinued when the symptoms and condition are very much better. We don’t take homeopathics as though they were supplements. These are medicines. They should be treated with respect and only used when needed.

Plus, I should add that Urtica urens isn’t the only homeopathic medicine to consider for allergic reactions. I’ve devoted an entire course to the various conditions, symptoms and medicines for allergies of all kinds.

Take a quick look at the course syllabus for Allergic?! Escape Allergies, Chemical Sensitivities, Food Intolerances, and More with Homeopathy: Practical Protocols to Get Your Life Back. You’ll be surprised how many conditions this course will enable you to handle just as adroitly as Doug.

Can you imagine the satisfaction of becoming the hero in your family by calming your loved ones’ allergies?

I can. And so can Doug. We’ve both been there. So, join us. And remember, all my Mighties (Joette’s Mighty Members) also qualify for a 10% discount on course purchases.

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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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Joette is not a physician and the relationship between Joette and her clients is not of prescriber and patient, but as educator and client. It is fully the client's choice whether or not to take advantage of the information Joette presents. Homeopathy doesn't "treat" an illness; it addresses the entire person as a matter of wholeness that is an educational process, not a medical one. Joette believes that the advice and diagnosis of a physician is often in order.

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9 thoughts on “A Look at Urtica urens

  1. Henneke Versteeg says:

    My only experiences with Urtica Urens were in a Mother Tincture. I have been using it very succesfully when ever a mother dog had a stagnation in producing milk.
    I love the stuf and now I’ve learned even more about this wonderfull stinging nettle I even love the plant!
    Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      I drank at least a glass of stinging nettles per day during each of my pregnancies and throughtout the time I nursed my babies. Itsindeed an important botanical for mothers.
      THanks for your imput, Henneke.

  2. Sarah S. says:

    I had to use Urtica urens two weeks ago when I broke out in hives all over my body for the first time in my life. It took me a couple days to realize it was some sort of allergic reaction to a virus I had and I was able to find the remedy on your website from a previous blog post. Thank you, Joette! My hives cleared up within a day!

  3. Ann says:

    This is really helpful! I’m in your allergic course and wondering when I would use this versus apis mellifica like you mentioned in the course.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      The best way to differentiate between two remedies is to read up on them in your materia medica. It will help you zero in on precisely the kind of action you need from one or the other.

  4. Ramonie says:

    Joette, Do you still use Stinging Nettle for everyday use? i see you used during pregnancy

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      No; instead now I take Taraxacum, Dandelion root in my coffee.

      1. Dana Schmitt says:

        Hi Joette,
        I’m reading the comments on this. When you speak of taking Stinging Nettles daily during pregnancy and breastfeeding seasons, are you talking herb/gross form or homeopathic form?
        I have the same question for the taraxacum, you put in your coffee? Do you dissolve homeopathic pillules into your coffee or is this an herb you put in?

        Thanks for clarifying,

        1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

          They’re botanicals that I use in tincture form and add drops of the tincture into water or coffee.

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