About Nettle. Nettle is native to north America and Europe. This North American variety is commonly known as 'Stinging Nettle,' because of its tiny stinging hairs. Nettle was one of the European's most important herbs. In fact, Roman soldiers used the irritation it caused to keep their legs warm in the cold of Britain. Today, this herb is respected for its wide variety of medicinal properties and is one of the most famous herbs in folk medicine. it makes a tasty tea.