Stinging Nettle has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes. Its root, leaves, and flowers have all been used for all their different properties.
Known more commonly as a regular feature in backyards, stinging nettle is generally cast aside due to the stinging and irritation it can cause on skin. However, a deeper look reveals a surprising number of benefits from overall and specific health issues to hair and skin that can be derived from the use of this common plant.
Let’s take a look firstly at the health benefits of stinging nettle.
Stinging nettle is used for a variety of health issues related to the urinary tract from treating UTI’s, frequent urination, to enlarged prostrate symptoms. It also helps in the treatment of kidney stones and overall kidney health. Being a natural diuretic, it can help minimize the symptoms of these conditions and help in their treat. The compounds of this plant also help in breaking down kidney stones into smaller sizes which are then naturally flushed out of your body through urination with considerably less pain. Stinging nettle has also been used to treat digestive issues such as diarrhea and dysentery.
The use of stinging nettle has also proved helpful in reducing chronic inflammation in the body. Research has uncovered that this plant can is likely to be helpful in treating conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatic arthritis, and even chronic muscle pain. Stinging nettle is also beneficial for the treatment of allergies. It works by blocking histamine receptors and preventing the immune cells from releasing the chemicals that trigger allergy symptoms. This results in decreased severity of the symptoms associated with pollen allergies like hay fever and hives. The use of stinging nettle is also linked to better bone health.
Stinging nettle has also been known to reduce hypertension and diabetes. It also promotes healthy blood circulation and cardiovascular health due to the presence of high amounts of potassium which reduces the harmful effects of stress on the arteries and blood vessels, iron and vitamin C which also result in the alleviation of fatigue and anemia. It is also linked with supporting endocrine function.
When it comes to skin and hair care, stinging nettle is just as useful. Containing both anti-inflammatory and anti-astringent properties, it can help in the treatment of various skin diseases and inflammations including acne, eczema, scars, and insect bites. These properties also make it useful as a face cleanser. It helps eliminate free-radicals from the skin resulting in a radiant and glowing complexion. Stinging nettle is also used to help with combatting hair loss. Rich in silica and sulfur, it helps hair re-growth and improves the health and luster of hair. It is also a helpful remedy for dandruff.
Considering all these benefits, one would be amiss to not take advantage of this useful and easily available plant. So how can you make use of stinging nettle?
Stinging nettle is available and can be consumed and used in various forms including teas, tinctures, capsules, extracts, ointments, and salves.
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