It may seem hard to get excited about consuming a plant which is commonly referred to as, “Stinging Nettles”. Many people know the herb as an annoying garden weed, or a dangerous plant to avoid. Others have been warned to be frightened of the plant, as it delivers quite a stinging bite when it comes into contact with the skin. And, while it is true that you should take care when dealing with nettles in the plant form, after you read about the incredibly powerful effects of this herb on many systems in the human body, you make rethink your initial aversion to this potent little weed.
During the springtime, this “wonder weed” can be found growing in massive groves, especially in places that provide the exact conditions that nettles love: a semi-shady spot in some rich soil. For hundreds of years, many cultures from all over the world have been ingesting nettles as a energy tonic. But what did these ancient people know about nettles that we don’t? Traditional practitioners of natural medicine seem to have intuitively known that nettles is an excellent source of iron, protein and other important minerals for healthy living.
Benefits of Nettle Leaves:
- Whether in teas or in tinctures, traditional practitioners of herbal medicine have used nettles to make the eyes brighter, the hair shinier, and the blood clean and potent.
- Nettles is also used to increase the strength and length of hair in beauty regimes. In fact, some herbalists swear by organic nettles ability to actually stimulate hair growth in balding men.
- It’s also a well-known fact that drinking nettles can help improve the appearance of your skin, making it clearer and healthier. You can use nettles in a tea or tincture form, but it may also be used in the kitchen as an edible and tasty vegetable.
- You can cook with nettles just as you would any dark leafy green herb. With a 10 percent protein ratio, nettles are a wonderful additive to sauces, baked dishes or salads
- It proves to be a female tonic, especially for young women beginning menstruation and older women in menopause.
- It may assist the body in the detoxification of chemicals and heavy metals. It helps to reduce water retention, and is particularly helpful for PMS and menorrhagia, a condition where there is heavy menstrual flow in women.
- It also helps to stimulate mothers milk, and increases energy after childbirth.
- Natural testosterone booster which aids in increased vitality in men. Diuretic that increases uric acid secretion, while at the same time, resisting nighttime bathroom urges. It’s great for urinary problems and bed-wetting issues. Sterols, one component of nettles, reduce the activity of DHT, a type of testosterone, causing enlarged prostate. Anti-inflammatory capacities act to help many of the symptoms related to arthritis.
The robust amounts of boron and silicon minerals reduce pain of osteoarthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, rheumatoid arthritis and gout. The leaves can be made into a paste to be rubbed directly on painful areas of skin for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis. It helps as anti-hemorrhaging qualities for internal bleeding, as well as small cuts and wounds. It’s anti-asthmatic for both bronchial and asthmatic difficulties, helping to clear constricted bronchial and nasal passages. Magnesium components moderates the pain of Fibromyalgia It contains natural antihistamines. It is believed to work wonders for hay fever and allergies, can act as natural kidney and adrenal-gland tonic, and is revered as powerful analgesic, depurative agent.