The tender leaves of nettle are used in pharmacy for their cool, astringent character and can have a stimulating and nourishing effect on skin and body. The juice and decoction of the plant are used for gargles to relieve nasal mucosa. The plant is traditionally used as a lotion (tea leaves) for dandruff and hair loss and is the best tonic for the hair, as it stimulates its development and can be used daily to keep it healthy and shiny.
The cosmetic use of olive oil is known from the Linear B script where it is stated that the oil for such use was of high quality and often flavoured with herbs.
Treating hair with olive oil was already known in the Mycenaean period. Women rubbed their hair with oil, to nourish it and make it manageable and shiny. In Crete, they made lotions with olive oil and laurel bay seeds for strong black hair. In Thrace chapped hands were treated with olive oil.