Purple Deadnettle

Purple Deadnettle

Lamium purpureum

Sprig of Deadnettle
Sprig of Purple Deadnettle

Qualities of Dead Nettle

Through sun and rain, the country lane,
The field, the road, are my abode.
Though leaf and bud be splashed with mud,
Who cares? Not I!—I see the sky,
The kindly sun, the wayside fun
Of tramping folk who smoke and joke,
The bairns who heed my dusty weed
(No sting have I to make them cry),
And truth to tell, they love me well.
My brothers, White, and Yellow bright,
Are finer chaps than I, perhaps;
Who cares? Not I! So now good-bye.

 Cicely Mary Barker
(copied from The Woodland Bard (walkwithtrees.com))


The Deadnettle

Right around the time the Daffodil announces the end of winter, a sprinkling of these green and purple herbs appear across the yard. The pathways. The ditches. The fields. Purple Deadnettle, also known as Archangel Deadnettle, are of the mint family, so there is an abundance of places you can find them growing. Some may even call them invasive, but they have many uses and a high nutritional content, which why may be why they were introduced to your area.

The Deadnettle is a plant of many uses. It can be nutritional, medicinal, an ally to the pollinators and your garden, and magical too.

Deadnettle as Food Source

Deadnettle is a super early spring green, and a readily available source of nutrition that is very possibly growing in your own back yard. It can be tossed into salads, used as an herb, made into teas, or even made into a pesto, soup, syrup, or baked into baked goods.

In Natural Remedies

This pretty little herb is an antihistamine, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, immunostimulating, nutritive, and styptic. It is said to help with candida, and improve cardiovascular health. (2).

I’m particularly fond of its touted ability to reduce the release of histamines, reducing the sensitivity to allergens. Quercetin is a flavonoid that eases allergies and other inflammatory issues while improving immune function (3).

I currently have some in Olive Oil, to be made into other things later. Purple Deadnettle can be made into tinctures, infusions, and supplements. Allergy Sufferers Get Ahead with Purple Dead-nettle | Wisdom of the Plant Devas has some great information and recipes, including for use with allergies.

Deadnettle in the Garden

I wouldn’t recommend getting seeds and intentionally inviting this plant to your yard. You certainly don’t need to give it any garden space. I am always happy when I find it growing there on it’s own, though.

I only speak with the wisdom I have here in the Pacific Northwest, with the purple herb I’m sharing in the pictures. Others may have a wonderful reason to do something different than I do. From my experience with this plant since childhood, it can be found everywhere and needs no pampering.

Dead Nettle is one of those plants that often comes up in soil that has been disturbed or compacted. I currently have it growing on a walkway outside my house, where we haven’t built a sidewalk, and people and even deer walk along and pack it down.

Working with Deadnettle in Magic

There are some plants that you really fluff your soil for, and Purple Deadnettle is not one of them, as mentioned above about its growing habits. This is a plant of re-growth after disturbances. A plant of resilience in difficult places. And it’s an herb in the mint family, and can be used in many of the same things mint is used in.

Turn to this herb when you need to pick yourself back up something that has disturbed you. Soak in the bath with it after you’ve been around high conflict people, or after a moment that has caused you trauma. It’s great to add into a sachet, or to include in a candle spell.

Cutting some flower tops off Dead Nettle to add with Rosemary in this this oil.



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