Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
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 fibers. It was believed to be part of the 9 sacred herbs, the others being, fennel, chervil, crab apple, chamomile, watercress, plantain, and wild mugwort.
It's appreciated and used for its tonic, diuretic, depurative, astringent, anti-cancer, anodyne, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine, and analgesic properties. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and D, also an excellent source of beta-carotene, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, calcium, and protein.
This herb has been used to treat allergies, bronchitis, sinus, and hay fever. It is a potent diuretic that helps expel uric acid while at the same controls nighttime 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 plant is also known as a powerful feminine tonic. It helps to ease the symptoms of menopause and the beginning of the menstrual cycle.
The nettle sting can cause painful rashes on the skin – which, surprisingly can be relieved using the juice of Nettle. Other traditional anti-itch treatments like aloe vera, calamine lotion, and cold compresses can be used as well. The stinging quality of nettle is eliminated when it is soaked, boiled, or dried.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!