Benefits of Stinging Nettle

Do you tstinging nettlehink of an annoying weed when you think of stinging nettle?? Don’t be fooled by its name! I thought the same until I found out all the benefits it has! The nettle plant – roots, stem &leaves have been found to have many powerful positive benefits.  Nettle has been known for their medical benefits for centuries.

What Makes up Nettle?

There are over 50 different chemical constituents! A powerhouse of nutrients containing 40% protein.  The highest known source of protein in a green leafy vegetable.  Nettle contains vitamin A, C, D, E, K, P, and b-complexes as well as thiamin, riboflaven, niacin & vitamin B-6. These act as antioxidants.  Sixteen free amino acids have been found in the leaves!

Health Benefits

1. Arthritis

The anti-inflammatory properties of the stinging nettles herb also make it very beneficial in relieving the pain and swelling that accompany rheumatoid arthritis. The actions of histamine are hindered with the use of this herb, according to Dr. Ellen Feingold. Using stinging nettles may reduce the need for non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The herb may be taken in conjunction with
nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), allowing a lower dose of the drugs to be consumed. This may provide effective pain relief, while reducing the chance of side effects from long-term drug use.

2. Allergies

T cells which control the the immune cells that cause allergies are produced in greater quantities when stinging nettle is used.  It’s a natural anti- histamine. Nettle leaf’s fine hairs cause a burning sensation from release of histamine when they contact your skin. It is this histamine reaction acting as a hormone to reduce your body’s inflammatory response that makes nettle a helpful
treatment for allergies.

3. Digestive Aid

Nettle is a natural diuretic.  It naturally cleanses and  removes metabolic waste.  It also helps cleanse your urinary tract of harmful bacteria. When used as a laxative, stinging nettle tea can help the treatment of common digestive disorders like constipation.  Nettle leaf is effective at reducing symptoms of the digestive tract ranging  from acid reflux, excess gas, nausea, colitis and Celiac disease.

4. Hair Loss

Nettle inhibits the body’s production of the hormone DHT.  DHT is the hormone resposible for hair loss.  Using nettle for hair is a trusted method of reducing hair loss and encouraging hair to re-grow due to its nourishing properties such as vitamin C, it is widely used. Nettle is also believed to improve the condition of hair, providing hair follicles with vitamins and minerals to produce stronger and healthier hair

5. Prostrate Health

Nettle may slow the rate at which cells divide in the prostate gland.  Stinging nettle is effective in reducing prostate size as well as the symptoms associated with an enlarged prostate.

 

How to Make Nettle Tea

Add 4 heaping teaspoons of dried or fresh nettle to 4 cups of hot water (just to a boil but NOT boiling)

Let it steep for 20 minutes. Drain and drink! You can add a touch of stevia if you would like!

 

 

 

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