Origin & Description
Nettle is a perennial plant which grows in both temperate and tropical wasteland areas of the world. It was cultivated in Scotland for the fibers in the stalks used to make a linen-like cloth. It was also naturalized in Brazil and other regions of South America.
Some of the other names used are great stinging nettle, big string nettle, common nettle, gerrais, ortiga and urtiga.
Constituents & Actions
Nettle is a good source of iron, vitamin C, potassium, vitamin K, minerals, chlorophyll, chromium, amino acids, lecithin, carotenoids, flavonoids, sterols, tanning and various other vitamins. The stinging Nettle leaves contain chemicals such as formic acid, histamine, serotonin and choline.
Influences related to the body are alterative (cleansing, stimulating efficient removal of waste products), antiseptic, astringent, diuretic (increases the secretion and flow of urine), expectorant (loosens and removes phlegm from respiratory tract), galactagogue (promotes the flow of milk), hemostatic (stops bleeding), nutritive and tonic.
Stinging Nettle is a popular agent for irritating the skin of an inflammed area, increasing the blood flow, and therefore reducing the inflammation. As an astringent, it helps to stop bleeding.
Used as a tea, it can be given to children who are suffering from anemia, since it is very rich in iron, silicon and potassium. Allergic symptoms such as teary eyes or runny nose are improved with the use of this herb.
Nettle is an alkalizing herb which is rich in minerals. It aids in the treatment of diarrhea and dysentery, increases the flow of urine, and purifies the blood while it increases circulation. It acts as a mild Cayenne, by opening up (dilating) the blood vessels.
Following is a list of conditions that may be prevented or improve with the use of Nettle.
- Bleeding (internal and external)
- Blood pressure (high)
- Circulation (poor)
- Hemorrhoids (bleeding)
- Kidneys (inflammation)
- Kidney Stones
- Menstruation (excessive)
- Skin conditions (inflammatory)
- Urinary tract infections (UTI)
Nettle may lower the blood pressure and heart-rate. Chronic use of this herb is not recommended due to is diuretic effects.