Nettle is a medicinal herb that has been used for treatment throughout history. When contacted with the tubular hairs on the leaves, the chemical acid in its content irritates the skin, causing redness and itching. For this reason, it is necessary to use gloves while collecting the plant, but the stinging effect disappears after this plant is boiled and its powerful oils are removed. It has antioxidant, anti-microbial, anti-ulcer and pain relieving properties. It is beneficial for cardiovascular, kidney and bone health.
Nettle is an extremely medicinal herb that causes itching and redness when it comes into contact with your skin. This medicinal plant has many uses, even in some cultures its soup and pastry. However, it is mostly consumed as tea. Stinging nettle, which contains histamine, minerals (calcium, potassium), vitamins A, B2, C, K and D, is protective against many diseases. (one)
It is a plant originating from North Asia but is now widely grown all over the world. In general, leaves and roots are used, but recently its seed has also been widely used. Nettle is used for kidney stones and bone health, especially cardiovascular diseases.
Nettle cleanses the body of toxins. Its diuretic feature can ensure that the inactivated toxins in the body are quickly eliminated from the body. This increases the nutrient intake of the intestines, allowing the digestive process to run smoothly and prevents the accumulation of dangerous toxins. It also stimulates the lymphatic system and helps to remove excess toxins from the kidneys.
Prevents kidney stones
The active ingredients in this plant allow the stone and sand formed in the kidney, gall bladder and bladder to be removed easily and prevent the formation of stone-sand. It is also diuretic and protects the bladder from infection and edema.
Increases circulation and helps cleanse blood
The combination of high vitamin C and iron in the content of nettle increases red blood cell production. Thus, wounds heal rapidly and the energy level increases. Because of this feature, it can be recommended to relieve chronic fatigue and anemia.
Protects heart health
Nettle tea helps to reduce blood pressure and relieve tension and stress in the circulatory system when consumed regularly.
Stinging nettle is effective in treating a variety of respiratory ailments, including hay fever, asthma, and other seasonal allergies.
It is good for allergic diseases
Studies have shown that certain combinations of extracts from this herb can significantly reduce allergic reactions. It has been observed that the effects of this ailment are reduced when people with asthma consume their tea regularly.
Relieves osteoarthritis, arthritis and joint pain
Nettle is applied externally to the distressed areas of osteoarthritis and arthritis patients who often experience joint pain in the hands, knees, hips and spine, helping to relieve pain. It can also provide relief when taken by mouth.
Stinging nettle baths are recommended for joint pain. It is also known to relieve rheumatism pain. For this, the nettle, which is boiled for five minutes, is applied by massaging the area of rheumatism pain after warming.
Good for gout
Studies show that stinging nettle's anti-inflammatory properties can soothe chronic muscle aches and treat gout. Its most common use is drinking nettle tea and taking it as an herbal supplement.
Contributes to osteoporosis and bone health
Boron is an important mineral found in nettle and this mineral is effective in preserving the calcium content in our bones. Thus, this herb helps slow the onset of osteoporosis.
Protects prostate health
It is observed to be effective in the treatment of disorders such as prostate cancer, urination related to the prostate, emptying the bladder, painful urination, post-urinary drip and decreased urine flow.
Good for the skin
When the extracts are applied to the skin, nettle has been proven to reduce the severity of acne (pimples) and even prevent bacterial infections. Due to its antioxidant properties, it can speed healing, reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes, and enhance anti-aging effects to reduce wrinkles and age spots. It is generally used as a tonic or mask.
It relieves discomfort caused by chickenpox and eczema. It is effective in the treatment of burns. It is mixed with olive oil and applied to the burned area.
Protects hair health
It prevents hair loss and can be used in the treatment of baldness. The leaves of the nettle are boiled and its water is used for the final rinse of the hair. This process also prevents the formation of dandruff as the scalp maintains its health. In addition, drinking nettle tea makes this treatment more effective. It provides thickening of the hair by allowing new hair to grow instead of the reduced hair.
What is nettle good for?
Increases milk productivity of women during breastfeeding
Prevents the development of many cancers
Reduces nausea and diarrhea
May soothe ulcers and hemorrhoids
Reduces bleeding due to gingivitis
It treats insect bites.
Prevents edema formation
It helps to lower blood sugar
It is beneficial for the digestive system. Cleans the intestines, reduces bloating and gas complaints
Increases sexual power
It reduces the risk of developing many types of cancer, especially prostate cancer.
Does nettle weaken?
Nettle helps weight loss and lowers blood sugar levels. It helps to lose weight as it accelerates metabolism. It facilitates the removal of harmful waste accumulated in muscle tissue. It has edema and diuretic properties. When you use it, it is necessary to consume plenty of water as it causes excessive water loss.
Can nettle be given to children?
Stinging nettle is widely used, especially in the treatment of asthma in children. However, since a safe and effective dose has not yet been created for children, it is important to adjust the dosage under the supervision of a doctor. Apart from that, it can be added to children's meals intermittently, for example by making soup.
Pregnant women should not use it without consulting a doctor, because nettle has a high risk of miscarriage, as it affects the menstrual cycle and can stimulate uterine contractions.
It is also recommended that women who are breastfeeding consult their doctor first.
Since it can affect blood sugar and interfere with diabetes control, patients with diabetes should consult their doctor before using.
Since it increases blood pressure, high blood pressure patients should be careful while consuming
Since it is a very good diuretic, patients who receive medication related to urine should consult their doctor for its use.
Due to its blood thinning properties, those who take medication for this purpose should pay attention.
Nettle is available in capsules for hair and skin health. However, it is recommended to consult a doctor before taking it in capsule form.
Important Warning: Before adding such a powerful and comprehensive herbal remedy to your diet, be sure to consult a doctor and make sure that you do not complicate ongoing treatments. In addition, in order to avoid the negative side effects of the plant, if other supplements are taken, their dosage should be adjusted. For this, a herbal supplement plan should be made in consultation with an expert.
Resources and References:
1- Nettle sting for treatment of base-of-thumb pain2- Stinging nettles3- Urtica dioica (Stinging Nettle) 4- Stinging nettle profile