Other Name(s):

Chanvre Bâtard, Chardonnet, Galéopside à Tige Carrée, Galeopsidis Herba, Galeopsis segetum, Galeopsis ochroleuca, Galéopsis Orné, Ortie Épineuse, Ortie Royale.


Hempnettle is a plant. The leaves, stems, and flowers are used to make a medicinal tea.

People take hempnettle tea for mild swelling of the airways, cough, bronchitis, and fluid retention.

How does it work?

Hempnettle helps loosen congestion in the chest and airways so it can be coughed up. Hempnettle can also dry out the tissues, and this can reduce swelling.

Uses & Effectiveness

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Cough.
  • Bronchitis.
  • Mild swelling of the airways.
  • Fluid retention.
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of hempnettle 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).


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Side Effects

Hempnettle seems to be safe for most people when taken by mouth, but the possible side effects are not known.

Special Precautions & Warnings

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


The appropriate dose of hempnettle 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 hempnettle. 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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Reviewed on 6/14/2021

Meuss AR, transl. Phytotherapy in Paediatrics - Handbook for Physicians and Pharmacists by H Schilcher. 2nd edition. Stuttgart, Germany: Medpharm GmbH Scientific Publishers, 1997.

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