Stinging Nettle (urtica dioica) is a perennial plant used for centuries for its medicinal benefits. According to the Department of Dermatology at the Penn State University College of Medicine, Stinging Nettle has numerous health benefits when processed and used for medicinal purposes.
Some of these benefits include:
1. Urinary issues – Nettle contains chemicals which affect the hormones that cause Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) and Urinary issues. It has been shown to slow or often stop the spread of prostate cancer cells, help with urine flow, and aide in curing bladder infections.
2. Hay Fever – Nettle’s anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine qualities affect key receptors and enzymes in allergic reactions, and ease the effects of hay fever.
3. Eczema and Acne – Sufferers can combine oral ingestion of nettle tea, along with a nettle-based cream to provide relief of itch and redness caused by Eczema. It’s also highly useful in the treatment of acne, when applied both topically and ingested.
4. Osteoarthritis and Joint Pain – Nettle’s anti-inflammatory effectiveness works wonders to ease pain and stiffness associated with various forms of Arthritis. Nettle also promotes a release of uric acid from joints, relieving pain and inflammation of Gout.
5. Boost Immune System – Its high concentration of Vitamin C, flavonoids and carotenoids, make it an effective immune system booster. Nettle supports the adrenals and stimulates the lymph system, promoting better digestion and a stronger immune system.
Dried Nettle leaves are sold at many health food stores in the bulk area, or can be ordered online. For recipe, visit our RECIPES page, relax, and enjoy your nettle tea and all its benefits!
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