Nettle (Urtica Dioica) is a herb native to Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. This herb is characterized by stinging hairs on its leaves and painful stings it can cause. For medical purposes, nettle’s seeds, roots, and leaves are used.
Nettle has been used in medicine for centuries. This powerful herb has many properties such as diuretic, tonic, anti-inflammatory, and expectorant. Nettle is also a rich source of vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, C and E, beta-carotene, iron, calcium and phosphate. Due to these qualities, nettle is effective in treating allergies, anemia, arthritis, prostate enlargement, kidney stones, PMS, gingivitis, bladder infections and skin and hair problems when used externally.
Properties of NettleThe active constituents in Nettle are amino acids, glucidic substances, amines, sterols, cetones as methyl heptenone, acetophenone, volatile oil, fatty substances, sisterols, formic and acetic acid, panthotenic acid, folic acid, chlorophyll, protoporphyrine and corpoporphynine. Nettle is rich in antioxidants since it contains vitamins A, C, E, B2 and K. Nettle also includes beta carotene, calcium, magnesium, phosphates, iron and silicon salts. All these compounds give the nettle anti-anemic, anti-diabetic, haemostatic and diuretic qualities.
As it was mentioned, the nettle is best known for stings. In folk medicine fresh nettle herb is placed on the skin to induce stinging and burning sensation to relieve the pain of rheumatism.
Nettle tea can be prepared when a herb is infused in boiling water where its healing properties are transferred to water. Nettle tea is used as a remedy for urinary tract infections. It fights coughs, asthma and tuberculosis and treats many intestinal disorders. Nettle tea is effective in treating diabetes since it lowers the blood sugar level. This tea fights against viral and bacterial infections and it is an excellent remedy for allergies such as hay fever and eczema.
Nettle rinse can be used for promoting hair growth because it helps regenerate and thicken the hair. It is also used to remove dandruff. Nettle infusion is prepared from crushed nettle herb over which boiling water is poured and covered for 10 minutes. Nettle tincture can be made from fresh leaves or dried herb that has to be left to macerate in alcohol for ten days.
If you suffer from high blood pressure recommendation is to drink half a glass of nettle juice before the meal. One glass of nettle juice should be consumed each morning in case of kidney failure for 20 to 30 days. For anemia drink one or two glasses of nettle juice for two weeks.
Nettle root powder is used for treatment of frail and dry hair. Root powder has to be ingested on an empty stomach, three times a day for two months.