Nettle

Iron tonic • Blood cleanser

Herbs
   
     

Nettle
Urtica dioica

The common stinging nettle (also known as greater nettle). This plant is found all over the world. The sting refers to tiny hairs on the leaves which inject a skin irritant (containing the component – histamine) when touched. This sting is lost when the plant is dried or cooked.

Nettle has been used as a vegetable, in hair and scalp preparations and also as a folk remedy.

Benefits / Functions
Tonic. Iron tonic. Blood cleanser. Mild diuretic (promotes urination). Rich in vitamins C and E (especially vitamin E), protein, minerals (especially iron).

Indications
Iron deficiency anemia, exhaustion and lethargy. Excellent for pregnancy and nursing mothers – ensuring adequate iron levels and good milk supply.

Hair loss. Nettle rash and nervous eczema. The roots are helpful for treating the swelling of the prostate.

Method and dose
The tea may be taken freely. For anemia, use in soups or cook as spinach.
For hair loss, make a strong tea and use as a hair rinse.

Contraindications
Adverse effects from drinking nettle tea has been reported (including stomach upsets, burning sensations on the skin, difficulty in urination and bloating. If any of these symptoms occur, discontinue use immediately).

   
     

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