22 Dec Nettle (Urtica dioica)
There would not be many people who have not experienced this herb’s famous sting. Nettle loses it’s sting when it is boiled or dried. Nettle has an erect stem and serrated, dark-green leaves.
A tonic made from the leaves and stems is said to strengthen the body. Herbalists consider nettle a diuretic, and quite able to remove the body’s toxins, and its iron and vitamin C may help prevent anaemia.
How It May Benefit You…
Take internally for:
- hay fever
- premenstrual syndrome
- vaginal yeast infections
- excessive menstrual flow
- chronic cystitis.
Use internally only under the supervision of a physician for:
- high blood pressure
- congestive heart failure.
- as a tea, can stimulate blood circulation
Large doses of nettle tea may cause stomach irritation, constipation, burning skin, or urinary suppression. Call your Doctor immediately.
Do not use uncooked nettle. Nettle is a diuretic, so if you use it frequently, eat foods high in potassium, such as bananas and fresh vegetables.
WARNING: Herbs should only be used under the supervision of an experienced herbalist or naturopath experienced in herbs.
Nettle is available as tinctures, capsules, and dried leaves and stems