Woman and Nettle: A Beautiful Friendship

Nettle plants

If there is one perfect herb for me, one that knows me completely and handles my ups and downs with poise, stinging nettle is the sure winner. At some point of my life, I have used nettle for blood building, hair root strengthening, respiratory allergies, urinary tract system infections and PMS. Yes, I’ve dealt with each of these issues and many women that I know did too. Given the bounty of benefits that nettle provides in a single cup, no woman should be without this plant in her cupboard.

Here is my personal experience with this woman-friendly herb as well as some general data about nettles (if you need more convincing).

Some Dry Facts About Nettle…

Nettle has earned itself a time-honored reputation as a healing and nutritional plant. The nutritional summary of this herb is long and exciting. It is particularly rich in vitamin C & A, calcium, iron, potassium and chlorophyll. Folks have traditionally used nettle tonic to re-energize body. Hippocrates, an ancient Greek physician (lived in 4th century BC) listed 61 remedies using nettle! A few centuries later, Galen, a Roman physician and surgeon, recommended nettle as a diuretic, laxative, a remedy for nose bleeding, excessive menstruation, pneumonia and asthma among other things.

Get Ironized!

Nettle is famous for its high iron content. This makes it a wonderful blood builder and an excellent guard against anemia and low energy, especially in women. Whenever I feel sluggish and in need of energy boost, I resort to nettle.

Here is my recipe for “Sluggishness Be Gone” nettle tea:

Bring to boil 4 cups of water. Turn off heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of dried nettle leaves. Cover pot. Let it steep until it reaches room temperature. Strain and consume throughout the day. Nettle tea has mild flavor, reminiscent of grass and spinach. It is easy to love it.

The presence of vitamin C aids in the iron absorption. Consuming lemon or citrus fruits or juice, at the same time as iron-rich foods can help your body absorb the iron better.

Cup of nettle tea

Allergy Reliever

This is how I first came across nettle. I was trying to find something to help me deal with my respiratory allergies. My library research resulted in a discovery of nettle. Apparently, several studies confirmed what folks have known for centuries: nettle helps reduce hay fever, asthma, seasonal allergies and hives. Its secret lies in the nutritional boost it gives to the body in addition to its anti-inflammatory action.

Nettles plant has numerous health benefits

Hair Rinse

The nettle is excellent when used as a rinse for the hair.  It regenerates hair growth and it may even restore original hair color. If you make nettle tea for drinking, reserve some and use it for the final hair rinse. Alternatively, you can make a nettle hair tonic. Here is my recipe:

“Happy Hair” Nettle Tonic Recipe

Hair nettle tonic

Hair nettle tonic is dark green in color.

Place dried nettle leaves in a glass jar and pour vodka until nettle leaves are submerged. Close the container and keep it in a cool place for two weeks, shaking daily or whenever you remember. Strain this mixture and store it in a bottle or jar. Take some of this green tonic and put it in a spray bottle (pictured). For that special touch, add a few drops of rosemary essential oil which is good for hair too, plus it smells nice. Spray the tonic directly on the scalp, massage for one minute or so and then leave for 15 minutes or longer before shampooing. Your hair will be instantly perkier.

Urinary System Problems (ouch)

Drinking nettle tea can help prevent annoying and painful experiences associated with UTIs. As a diuretic (best when used with dandelion and persley), nettle increases the secretion and flow of urine. This is why it is helpful in cases of bladder infections and fluid retention. Nettle is akso known to break down gravel in the bladder and stones in the kidneys.

PMS

We know how bothersome PMS symptoms are. Nettle is extra helpful for pre-menstrual syndrome or PMS (the entire spectrum of symptoms, to be exact) because it goes to the root of the problem thanks to its detoxifying (enhances the excretion of wastes), nutritive and immune properties. Nettle is also a good remedy during menopause because its astringency helps in excessive menstrual flow.

One More Interesting Fact About Nettle…(or how to love nettles even more)Ladybug and Nettle

Nettles are a favorite egg laying plant for ladybugs. If you leave nettle plants to develop in your garden, you will be helping ladybugs to multiply. Since ladybugs eat plant lice you will not have to resort to pesticides to control plant lice and other similar pests in your garden. Yet another reason to like both nettles and ladybugs!

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