Herb: Common Hemp Nettle


Latin name: Galeopsis tetrahit


Family: Labiatae



Medicinal use of Common Hemp Nettle:

The plant is antispasmodic, detergent, expectorant and resolvent. It is used in the treatment of tissue-wasting complaints. An infusion of the plant is used in the treatment of pulmonary complaints.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
100 cm
(3 1/4 foot)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of the herb:

Arable land, sometimes in woods, fens and wet heaths.

Other uses of Common Hemp Nettle:

A drying oil is obtained from the seed. It is used as a polish for leather. A fibre is obtained from the stems, it is used for making cord.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow spring in situ. Germination usually takes place within a month.

Cultivation of Common Hemp Nettle:

Arable land, sometimes in woods, fens and wet heaths.

Known hazards of Galeopsis tetrahit:

The plant is poisonous, causing paralysis.

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.