Known for the sting in its tail, Nettle herb makes for a powerful herbal concoction with multiple uses. Out in the wild the Nettle plant is a fairly innocuous looking plant – yet it’s protected by thousands of tiny fine hairs that can sting when they come into contact with the skin. Despite this, it is fair to say that this is one plant that offers more help than harm – and everything from the leaves and the flowers, through to the Nettle root can be used.
Stinging nettles are perfectly edible – though they’re not much fun to pick. The leaves should be harvested while they’re young and can be used to make teas, or they can be added to soups, smoothies and other dishes. The Nettle plant is nutrient-dense and can help deliver a wide range of minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients including calcium, vitamin K, magnesium, carotenoids and manganese. The most popular way it is consumed is in nettle tea to make a mellow, green-tasting tea. Nettle tea also has an added benefit – it is an anti-inflammatory and can help fight the signs of hay fever such as itchy eyes and a runny nose.
The leaves – once processed – lose their sting and can then be ground down to a powder, which is used in the beauty industry. It’s often added to creams and lotions to help protect the skin. It’s a good source of antioxidants that can help fight against environmental stressors and deliver anti-ageing benefits.
The Nettle plant is also believed to be an excellent tonic for the hair. It has a stimulating effect on the scalp, and when used in shampoos and rinses it has a strengthening and darkening impact on the hair.
This humble herb has a lot to offer in terms of its health-giving properties too. As already mentioned, it can help ease hay fever and nettle leaf powder can also help control the symptoms of allergies. Nettle root can be used to make a range of health-enhancing tinctures. One of the most common herbals uses for Nettle root is to support prostate health. Nettle extract can also be made from the seeds, and this part of the plant is particularly useful at supporting kidney health.
Other uses for the Nettle plant include: as a herb for strengthening bones, teeth, hair and nails thanks to its calcium content; boosting iron levels; and relieving cramps – thought to be because Nettle extract is so nutrient-rich.
Nettle is also known for its ability to reduce pain and in the second world war wild Nettle was harvested to make much needed analgesic compounds.
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