Nettle has a long history of use. The tough fibers from the stem have been used to make cloth and cooked nettle leaves were eaten as vegetables. From ancient Greece to the present, nettle has been documented for its traditional use in treating coughs, tuberculosis, and arthritis and in stimulating hair growth.
Nettle Leaf is a food-like medicine that functions as a general tonic and nutrition source.
Nettle Leaf is a general remedy for mucous membranes, including the digestive tract, the respiratory system and the urinary system.
Nettle Leaf opens breathing and reduces mucous conditions of the lungs.
People have also used Nettle Leaf for diarrhea, regularity and elimination problems.
In recent years, Nettle Leaf has become popular for allergy difficulties associated with the spring and summer season.
Nettle may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some people. Although allergic reactions to nettle are rare, when contact is made with the skin, fresh nettle can cause a rash secondary to the noted stings. Certain medicines may interact with nettle. Check with your physician before taking any new supplements.
One of the most popular applications for nettle is for urinary problems related to enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia [BPH]). It is often combined with saw palmetto to help with reduced urinary flow, post urination dripping and the constant urge to urinate. Nettle has a broader application to urinary tract infections and is believed to be beneficial in preventing kidney stones.
Studies have also shown nettles to be beneficial for osteoarthritis particularly when combined with anti-inflammatory medications.
Nettle Leaf Supplement
Nature's Way Nettle Herb - Encapsulated Nettle herb wild harvested, gently dried and ground to a usable form.
Nettle Leaf Infusion
A herbal infusion is a large amount of herb brewed fora long amount of time. Infusions lend more health benefits.
1 cup dried nettle leaf
1 quart (1 litre) water
Pour boiled and slightly cooled water over the dried nettle leaf in a teapot or a thick glass jar. Cover and steep for 4 to 10 hours or overnight.
After steeping, strain the liquid. You now have a nutritious, super elixir drink! Serve chilled or reheated. Recommended dose is 2 to 4 cups per day.
Note that your elixir may spoil after 36 hours.
- Horsetail works well, adding a silica rich content.
- Red raspberry tastes delicious and adds minerals.
- A few sprigs of mint lifts the flavor and aids digestion.
- If the taste isn't suitable to you, try the time tested teaspoon of honey!
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