White Nettle (Lamium Album)
Also known as the white dead nettle, the Lamium album is a native of Europe and Asia growing wildly in fertile, moist soils. It is recognized for its demulcent, astringent, vulnerary, vasoconstrictor, tonic, styptic, sedative, resolvent, pectoral, hypnotic, hemostatic, expectorant, diuretic, depurative, and coagulative properties.
The herb is primarily and intensively used as a tonic for the uterus. It is also used for menstrual pain, excessive bleeding, unusual vaginal secretions, and inner-menstrual bleeding.
Administered as an infusion, the medicinal herb has been for a very long time for treating prostatitis, BPH (benign prostate hyperplasia, vaginal discharge, post-childbirth bleeding, menstrual problems, diarrhea, bladder problems, amenorrhea, and kidney problems. Applied to the eyes in diluted form, it can provide almost instant relief as it is a very rich source of Vitamin A.
When used as a compress Lamium album can bring relief from vaginal discharge, exploding varicose veins, and bleeding piles. It is an effective remedy for kidney stones; it is boiled in wine and drank. It is remarkably potent for treating gastrointestinal ailments as well.
It is normally taken as tea, but it can also be consumed raw (in salads)or in dried form.
◉ 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!