Urtica Dioica, or stinging nettle, has many wonderful skin care benefits. It is known to be anti-inflammatory, astringent, bactericidal, healing, mildly deodorant and stimulating. It is high in phenols, which give nettle powerful antioxidant properties and help keep the free radicals under control when used in skincare. Research has also found high anti-microbial activity in nettle extracts. Nettle extract is also used in the treatment of scalp problems and incorporated into a variety of hair products. Nettle roots are used to relieve eczema and dandruff and are reputed to stimulate hair growth.