Indian nettle for hair removal

What is Kuppaimeni or Indian nettle?

Indian nettle has the botanical name “Acalypha Indica” and is known in Tamil as Kuppaimeni. It has wonderful health and skin benefits. Indian nettle leaves are predominantly used to treat cold, all skin related diseases and for unwanted hair removal.

The anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of Indian nettle leaves cure a number of diseases. It can be considered a vegetable and consumed by making different recipes like soups and dosa.

Should you remove unwanted hair?

Unwanted hair is a cause for discomfort – for many. Hair growth on the skin is natural and is nature’s way of protecting the skin. But hormonal imbalance might cause excessive hair growth and there is no harm in removing such excess hair.

Many try to remove this unwanted hair from face, hands, legs, and armpits by using various techniques such as shaving, laser treatments, permanent waxing, electrolysis and so on. But removing hair by using these techniques may make your skin rough and increase hair growth.

Kuppaimeni to remove hair naturally

Using Indian nettle for hair removal

Method 1:


  • A handful Indian nettle leaves
  • 3 grams of turmeric powder
  • 1 teaspoon honey


  1. Take Indian nettle leaves, grind them and make a paste.
  2. Add turmeric and honey.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Apply this mixture on your face.
  5. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  6. Rinse with cold water.

Repeat the process thrice a week for few months.


Method 2


  • 2 teaspoons nut grass powder.
  • 2 teaspoon zedoary (poolan kizhangu) powder.
  • 1 teaspoon wild turmeric (kasturi manjal)
  • 2 teaspoon Indian nettle (kuppaimeni) powder


  1. Mix all the above ingredients.
  2. Add little water and make it into a paste.
  3. Apply this paste on the required areas. Let the paste be smooth and thick.
  4. Regular application of this powder makes hair thinner and removes it without pain.
  5. Repeat the process daily to get better results. It not only removes unwanted hair, but also makes your skin glow.

Method 3


  • 1 piece of turmeric (curcumin)
  • Indian nettle leaves
  • Neem leaves
  • Rice flour


  1. Sun dry all the ingredients.
  2. Grind them and make a powder.
  3. Mix this powder with water to make a thin paste.
  4. Apply the paste on your skin overnight.
  5. Rinse with water in the morning.

Repeating the same process daily works well and it removes all unwanted hairs permanently.

Kuppaimeni paste

Method 4


  • Milk
  • Turmeric powder
  • Gram flour


  1. Mix all the ingredients and make a fine paste.
  2. Apply where unwanted hairs are present.
  3. Gently massage.
  4. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  5. Wash off with warm water.

This method is more suitable for thin facial hair.

Method 5


  • 100 grams zeodary (poolan kilangu)
  • 100 grams wild turmeric (kasthuri manjal)
  • 100 grams Avaram senna (avaram poo)
  • Indian nettle (Kuppaimeni leaves) as required


  1. Sundry all the ingredients.
  2. Grind them and make it into fine powder.
  3. Take 2 teaspoons of this powder.
  4. Mix well with water into a smooth paste.
  5. Apply the paste on your face and neck.
  6. Leave it for 30 minutes.
  7. Wash off with warm water.

Repeat twice a week to removes unwanted hair slowly. This remedy also reduces further growth of body hair.

Benefits of Kuppaimeni for skin health

Kuppaimeni leaves can reduce acne and prevent frequent outbreaks on the skin.

A paste made using wild turmeric and kuppaimeni leaves helps to treat bed sores and wounds due to infection. This is due to the anti-fungal properties present in the leaves of Indian nettle (1).

Rashes on this skin as a result of medications or any other allergy can be cured using these leaves. Just make a thin paste of the leaves with filtered water and apply on the rashes. Wash off after an hour with plain water. Repeat this few times a day for good results.

Various studies on the benefits of Kuppaimeni show that tribals in parts of Tamilnadu use kuppaimeni leaves for various treatments and it is very effective. Internal consumption of the leaves also cure various diseases.

Kalaivani Selvaraj, MBA, got her Master’s degree in Human Resources. Due to her interest in natural healing, she pursued studies in the field of alternative medicine and is certified in Aromatherapy by Isla Verde Spa Training Academy. Ms. Kalaivani Selvaraj is also certified by Stanford University School of Medicine in Introduction to Food and Health.

6 replies on “Indian nettle (Kuppaimeni) as natural hair remover”

  • Karen
    January 24, 2017 at 6:17 am

    I cannot find Indian nettle also known as kuppaimeni anywhere. I was also looking for kasturi manual. Can you help me? There are numerous places to buy stinging nettle but not the Indian nettle.
    Thanks you,

  • Yazhini
    January 24, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Hello Karen.. It is easily available in India. Can you let me know which place you live in so that I can check and tell you?

  • Svijaya Luxmi
    July 17, 2017 at 10:32 pm

    Can i know how kupaimeni can be used to remove toxins in body when we take kuppaimeni internally cause any irritation or itching in throat

  • Yazhini
    July 18, 2017 at 9:54 am

    Hi, Kuppaimeni is an edible plant and definitely will cause no itching (unless you are allergic to it – but haven’t heard such a case so far). Make a soup of kuppaimeni and consume to remove toxins.

  • Brahmjot Kaur
    November 4, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    Some sites say Nagarmotha leads to hair growth.
    I mixed the four ingridients u said- nut grass, indian nettle, white turmeric and wild turmeric
    Should i use it…or just use indian nettle???

  • Ramya Srinivasan
    November 4, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    I would suggest Indian nettle and Wild turmeric only.

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