Nettle is actually an umbrella term which is commonly used for almost 45 different plant species. The most popular nettle herb is the one known as the stinging nettle. It is actually a garden weed which is known for constantly reappearing in spite of all the efforts to get rid of it. Numerous preconceptions about the stinging nettle suggest that this is some kind of a poisonous plant and that it may have a stinging bite when touched. It may cause an irritation of the skin to a certain degree, and in some cases of delicate skin it may also trigger an allergic reaction. The leaves of the stinging nettle have very small points which are sharp and they are known for secreting a certain type of toxic substance which can be held responsible for the irritation of the skin.
Benefits of the Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf is used for various medicinal purposes in many regions around the world. It may also be sometimes consumed as a vegetable or as an ingredient of various different types of dishes. It can be used for the treatment of arthritis, tuberculosis and cough. It is also very efficient in boosting the growth of hair. Back in the day, nettle leaf was applied topically on affected areas in order to alleviate painful sensations. There are a large number of tablets, ointments and pills produced by the modern pharmaceutical companies, and they all contain the nettle leaf extract. The nettle leaf is an excellent source of various important types of nutrients such as beta carotene, folate, calcium, fatty acids, potassium, iron, caffeic acid, dietary fibers, proteins, vitamin A and vitamins from the B complex.
Other Health Benefits of the Nettle Leaf
Nettle leaf is very efficient in enhancing the overall health and functioning of the digestive tract. It comes in very handy when it comes to getting rid of all different types of toxic matter. It also prevents and treats urinary tract infections and enhances the functioning of the kidneys, the thyroid and the bladder. Nettle leaf is an excellent natural remedy for the treatment of prostate inflammation and prostate hyperplasia. It is the root of the plant which is used for such purposes. Nettle leaf is also commonly used for the prevention, alleviation and treatment of various different types of allergic reactions. It is widely known for its very potent anti inflammatory properties, which may come in very handy in the treatment of various inflammations. Nettle leaf is also a very potent astringent agent.