Herb - What is Stinging Nettle | Stinging Nettles
Urtica dioica Urticaceae
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT rheumatic pain, fatigue, poor appetite INFUSION Put 2-4g of dried herb into 1 cup of boiling water. Drink 3 cups a day.
For external use
TO TREAT skin and scalp conditions
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
The leaves contain both iron and vitamin C - which aids iron absorption. They also contain other minerals, especially calcium, potassium and silicic acid, as well as phenols and flavonoids.
The roots are rich in polysaccharides, lecithin, several phenolic compounds and sterols.
'Urtication', or flogging the affected parts with nettles, was an old remedy for painful rheumatic joints. Today, treatment is less brutal. Nettle is prescribed internally as a diuretic as it can increase elimination of sodium and urea, thus helping to ease rheumatic and arthritic conditions. And the leaves are also strongly anti-inflammatory, as shown by German in vitro studies in 1999. A nettle infusion is a good tonic: it stimulates the appetite, provides iron and fights fatigue.
The fresh root may help prostate and urination problems: German research in Planta Medica in 2000 observed that the root inhibited the growth of prostate tissue. Italian research in 2002 suggests that root extracts may be useful in reducing blood pressure.Externally, nettle is used for acne, eczema, greasy skin and dandruff.
Nettles can be cultivated from seed planted in spring in a moist, loamy soil and in sun or light shade.
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