Stinging nettle is a weed, but also a valuable healing plant
In herbal medicine, among others infusions of nettle leaves
Leaves of nettles are collected from June to September
Two raw materials are obtained from nettle: leaves and nettle root
Nettle leaves contain many valuable ingredients for health
Discover the healing properties of nettles. Stinging nettle is a valuable medicinal plant, has long been used in herbal medicine. You can also prepare an excellent fertilizer from nettle. Learn the healing effects of nettles.
Stinging nettle (Latin Urtica dioica) is not an ordinary weed. This is a unique plant that, thanks to its healing properties, has been used in natural medicine for centuries. Stinging nettle grows wild virtually everywhere – in forests, gardens, bushes, on clearings, roadsides and pastures. For this reason, it is considered by some to be a weed, but in reality nettle is a plant with exceptional healing properties.
Nettle – obtaining and drying the raw material
Nettle is the nettle of the nettle (Folium Urticae), which is harvested from June to September. Nettle roots (Radix Urticae) are also used in medicine, which are excavated in autumn or early spring and dried at a temperature of up to 40 ° C.
Composition and properties of nettle
Nettle health properties: the nettle is rich in vitamins A, K, B2, C, and also contains minerals (including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, iron) and organic acids, tannins, phytosterols and many other substances. Thanks to this, the nettle has healing properties and is treated as a panacea for many ailments.
Nettle application: infusion of nettle leaves and rinse
To use the healing properties of nettles can be made from the leaves of the infusion. Infusions of nettle leaves (a tablespoon of dried herbs is brewed like tea) is recommended for hypertension, anemia, mild diarrhea, inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract and for improved digestion. Modern phytotherapy recommends using nettle also in the initial period of diabetes (of course under the supervision of a doctor), because it slightly reduces the level of sugar in the blood. In natural medicine, the properties of the nettle nurse are used as auxiliary in urolithiasis, gout and rheumatic disease.
Nettle leaf rinses (pour 1 liter of water 30 leaves and after 15 min) irritate the scalp, which is why it is believed that they accelerate hair growth. Nettle properties are also used in hair care. Nettle rinse can be used to fight dandruff, although in this case nettle root rinses are better.