In the 16th and 17th century nettle fibres were used when weaving the household cloth. Campbell, a poet, confirmed this when he said: "I have eaten nettles, I have slept in nettle sheets and I have dined off a nettle tablecloth". The leaves of the nettle plant have fine sharp hairs which irritate the skin on contact, hence the name "stinging" nettle. The medicinal use of stinging nettle dates back to ancient times and is well documented throughout history. The use of nettle as a diuretic and for the relief of rheumatic conditions is well documented and recognised amongst herbalists. One clinical study involving 152 patients with rheumatic conditions showed a 70% improvement after using stinging nettle for three weeks (Ramm, S & C. Hansen. 1995. Brennesselextrakt bei rheumatischend Beschwerden. Dtsch Apoth Ztg 135 sup.3-8). Medicinal Use Take to relieve symptoms of rheumatic conditions and to help maintain normal urinary tract function. Stinging nettle has an anti-inflammatory and diuretic effect on the lower urinary tract. Claims are based on traditional use in western herbal medicine. Features / Benefits Listed with the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) as a herbal medicine. Contains appropriate information based on latest findings. Contains no artificial colours, preservatives, caffeine, gluten, sugars or lactose. Suitable for vegans and vegetarians. Packed in long-life foil bags to retain freshness and potency. Least expensive way of taking a herbal medicine. Each teabag contains Greater nettle (Stinging nettle) herb dry 1.5 g. Dosage Infuse two teabags with one cup of boiling water and cover for ten minutes. Adults only: take three cups daily - when taken as a diuretic, drink plenty of water. Precautions Use only as directed. If symptoms persist consult your healthcare practitioner. Do not use if oedema exists due to impaired heart or kidney function. Medical advice is recommended during pregnancy and lactation.