Easy Herbal Remedies
Purple Dead Nettle
Closeup of Purple Dead Nettle

I love this time of year, all the great things are coming up in my yard – including Purple Dead Nettle.

Purple Dead Nettle is a prolific weed that seems to be the bane of gardeners everywhere – except me. I gleefully look forward to this plant coming up each year so I can harvest and use its beneficial properties in teas and salves – and even sneak a few small leaves into a salad.

Purple Dead Nettle: Preparing for drying

Purple dead nettle (Lamium Purpureum) is common on west coast, eastern and Southern US – and pretty much everywhere else. It’s called a ‘Dead’ Nettle because there are no stinging nettles. It is a member of the mint family and if you look at the stems you’ll find they are square.

It are high in Vitamin C, minerals, flavinoids, iron, and fiber, although you should ingest it sparingly as it can be a mild laxative. The herb is very beneficial for kidney and liver function.

Hanging Herbs; Purple dead nettle, dillweed.

I start harvesting and drying them as soon in the spring when they come up for use later in teas and salves, saving the tender petals for salad. Be sure to give them a light rinse and pat dry before hanging – or use a salad spinner for a quick and easy dry-off.

Because I have polycystic kidney disease, I consider the use of purple dead nettle as a must in my regimen to keep my kidneys healthy.

Herbal tea with dried Purple Dead Nettle


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