Purple Deadnettle

A common sight amongst the UK verges at spring, this herb has a plethora of uses. Hairy leaves that turn purple towards the tips of the plant are supported by a square stem, like the mint family.

The flowers are purple, bilateral with lips, not to be confused with ground ivy.


Chewed up, it can be used as a poultice on wounds, burns, and stings.

It makes a great addition to salads and broths.

You can create a tincture (see my recipe for Rosemary tincture) and used to treat inflammation and allergies.

Dried leaves make a wonderful tea.