Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
While most people today would likely call the nettle a weed, it has many beneficial properties. The benefits of drinking a daily herbal tea of nettle have been widely proven through folklore and medical science and are well documented online. During WWI and WWII nettle fibers were spun into cloth to make uniforms and the juice of the plant was used to dye cloth a camouflage green color.
But why put it into soap? Nettle has anti-allergy and astringent properties and so is found as an ingredient in many shampoos and conditioners, as it helps with dandruff and oily hair. Nettle is also anti-inflammatory, bactericidal, and high in phenolic antioxidants which are why nettle soaps are great for acne-prone, blemished and oily skin. Many chronic skin conditions have been known to become severely reduced or eliminated with frequent use of a nettle soap bar.
Many of my ointments contain Nettle and I love Nettle tea.