White Dead Nettle Flower

Reviewed on 6/11/2021
Other Name(s):

Archangel, Archangélique, Bee Nettle, Blind Nettle, Deaf Nettle, Dumb Nettle, Herbe Archangélique, Lamier Blanc, Lamii Albi Flos, Lamium album, Ortie Blanche, Ortie Folle, Ortie Molle, Ortie Morte, Ortiga Blanca, Ortiga Muerta, Stingless Nettle, White Archangel, White Nettle.


White dead nettle flower is a plant. It is used to make medicine.

People take white dead nettle flower for treating mild swelling (inflammation) of the upper airways. They also take it for its calming effects (as a sedative).

White dead nettle flower is sometimes applied directly to the affected area for mild inflammation of the mouth, throat, and skin; and for vaginal discharge.

Don’t confuse white dead nettle flower with stinging nettle.

How does it work?

White dead nettle flowers contain chemicals that help reduce swelling and break up mucus.


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Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Swelling (inflammation) of the upper airways.
  • Sore throat, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Skin inflammation, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Vaginal discharge, when applied directly to the affected area.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of white dead nettle flowers for these uses.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

Side Effects

White dead nettle flower seems safe for most people when taken by mouth. But there isn’t enough information to know whether it is safe when applied directly to the skin or other areas of the body.


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Special Precautions & Warnings

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of white dead nettle flower during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.


The appropriate dose of white dead nettle flower depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for white dead nettle flower. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

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Gruenwald J, Brendler T, Jaenicke C. PDR for Herbal Medicines. 1st ed. Montvale, NJ: Medical Economics Company, Inc., 1998.

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