The harvested leaves are a favorite source of medicine and have also been used for centuries for food and fabric. The healing powers of nettle are well steeped in the folklore and traditions of various cultures.
Health Benefits – Nettle has been used for centuries to treat allergy symptoms, particularly hay fever, it contains biologically active compounds that reduce inflammation, has none of the side effects (such as drowsiness, dry sinuses, insomnia and high blood pressure, etc.) known in case of decongestants and antihistamines. It can be used on a regular basis.
Nettle has shown promise in treating Alzheimer’s disease, arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, kidney stones, laryngitis, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis!
An infusion of the plant is very valuable in stemming internal bleeding. It is also used to treat anaemia, excessive menstruation, hemorrhoids and arthritis, also useful for easing intestinal disorders, high blood pressure, arthritis and gout.
Nettle tea may increase milk production in nursing mothers.
Beauty Benefits – astringent properties of nettle may also help to lessen the swelling of hemorrhoids and stop bleeding from minor skin injuries such as razor nicks.
It may also be used topically for dandruff and overly oily hair and scalp.
Drinking Method – use 1 tablespoon of dried nettles per 200 ml of boiled water. Steep for at least 5 minutes. You can make the tea stronger by steeping longer, even to a couple of hours. You can make a large batch of tea and keep it in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. It is fine to drink the tea hot or cold.
Important! Nettle tea should be used for a minimum of 30 days for full effects. If you haven’t drunk nettle tea before, start with one cup a day for a week, then increase to two or three cups a day.
Best if Used By: 6-8 Months
Storage Method: Store in a low temperature environment in an airtight container
INCI:urtica dioica (nettle)