Nettle, also known as stinging nettle and common nettle is a native of Europe, and later spread all over North America. In ancient times, besides medicinal properties this plant was used for spinning fibres. It was believed to be part of the 9 sacred herbs, the others being, fennel, chervil, crab apple, chamomile, watercress, plantain, and wild mugwort.
The Nettle is appreciated and used for its tonic, diuretic, depurative, astringent, anti-cancer, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine and analgesic properties. Rich in Vitamins B complex, A, C and D and also an excellent source of beta-carotene, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium and protein this herb is a powerful tonic for the body.
This herb has been used to treat allergy, bronchitis, sinus and hay fever. It is a potent diuretic which helps expelling uric acid while at the same controls night time urination urges. It is therefore an excellent choice for treating irritated bladder, benign prostate enlargement, night incontinence, and gout.
Nettle is a great tonic for the kidneys and the adrenal glands and a preventive for water retention. The herb is also used for arthritis pain, and osteoporosis. Its high magnesium content makes it a good pain manager.
This herb is also recognised as a highly potent female tonic. Taken through pregnancy it is believed to prevent haemorrhaging at the time of child birth. It also helps to ease the symptoms of menopause and beginning of menstrual cycle.
The nettle sting can cause painful rashes on the skin – which, surprisingly can be relieved using the juice of Nettle.