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Know Your Remedies: Urtica Urens (Urt-u.)

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Common Names: Urtica; stinging nettle; annual nettle; dwarf nettle.

General Information

Urtica Urens (Urt-u.) is mainly used for skin complaints such as urticaria (hives) and ┬áburns. It’s also a useful remedy in types of gout, rheumatism, malaria, shellfish allergy, and agalactorrhea (breast milk deficiency or failure).

Urticaria (Hives)

  • Urticaria from shellfish allergy.
  • Urticaria that alternates with rheumatism.
  • Itching, burning and stinging hives.

Bites and Stings

  • Insect bites and stings that swell, itch and burn.


  • First and second degree burns.

Breast and Breastfeeding Problems

  • Engorgement following birth.
  • Swelling of breasts with burning and stinging.
  • Failure of letdown reflex or deficient breast milk production.

Limb and Joint Problems

  • Acute gout.
  • Rheumatism or bruised pain of the right deltoid muscle.


  • Reactions from eating shellfish.

For Pets

  • Urticaria (hives).
  • Simple burns.

Where do I find it?

Urtica Urens (Urt-u.) is available from our online store as a single remedy, and as part of the following Complexes (combination remedies): Bites and Stings; Burns.


While above self-limiting or acute complaints are suitable for home treatment also contact your healthcare provider during emergency situations or if symptoms worsen or fail to improve. Chronic or persistent complaints, which may or may not be mentioned above, require a different treatment and dosage protocol so are best managed by a qualified homeopath for good results.

Dosage Instructions (suitable for babies to adults)

For the home treatment of acute and self-limiting complaints take one pill or five drops of the remedy every 1 minute to 4 hours (1 minute for intense or emergency symptoms (plus seek emergency help), 4 hours for milder ones). Once an improvement is noticed, stop dosing and repeat the remedy only if symptoms return. If there is no improvement at all by three doses, choose a different remedy or seek professional guidance.

Note: Chronic symptoms or complaints require a course of professional treatment by a qualified homeopath to manage the changes in potencies and remedies may be required.

More Information

Guidelines on which potency to use