Botanical Name: Urtica dioica
The Latin name of Urtica means “to sting,” because this plant have small fibers or spines that sting the skin and it can be seriously irritating.
Part Used: Each part of the plant has many medicinal uses but the leaves and stems are most commonly used in teas, though the roots are used sometimes as well.
Nutrient Content of Nettle : Most of the vitamins and minerals in Nettle plant are located in the leaves. Lignans and sterols are found in the root.
Health Benefits of Nettle Tea:
- Nettle tea is commonly use for allergies.
- Nettle root contain lignans and sterols the compounds that seem to be so important in relieving the symptoms of an enlarged prostate.
- Nettle leaf tea can help in the cleansing of the urinary tract. The nettle leaf is also an excellent remedy for urinary tract infection.
- Nettle leaf has often been used as an internal and external treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
- Nettle leaf tea can help reduce uric acid buildup associated with gout.
- Nettle tea has the potential to clear the leg cramps as well as involuntary muscular contraction.
- Nettle tea can also be of great help to those who suffer from diabetes, because it leads to the decrease of blood sugar and implicitly, of the glycemic level.
- Nettle leaf tea is often used to suppress the production of prostaglandins, a hormone-like substance that causes inflammation of the skin.
- Nettle tea is a good tonic for pregnant women. Native American women would drink it during their pregnancy and use it as a remedy to stop excessive bleeding after delivery. It also has the potential of treating anemia.
- Nettle tea also helps restore a woman’s energy and stimulates milk production.
- Nettle is believed to help improve the women’s as well as men’s fertility.
- Nettle herb has a mild diuretic effects it can be beneficial if you have water retention or swelling – such as edema from pregnancy or varicose veins.
- Nettle leaf tea when use for washing the scalp can regenerate hair growth and thicken the hair. It can also help eliminate dandruff and leaves the hair silky.
How to Make Nettle tea: Nettle tea can be prepared through soaking the fresh or dried leaves in boiled water. This method allows the retention of active substances.
Note: Herbalists recommend the young greens rather than mature plants.
Caution: Excessively large dosages should be avoided during pregnancy.
“This post was originally published on January 2, 2012 @ 22:13”