Nettle Leaf – urtica dioica – The analysis of the fresh Nettle shows the presence of formic acid, mucilage, mineral salts, ammonia, carbonic acid and water. It is the formic acid in the Nettle, with the phosphates and a trace of iron, which constitute it such a valuable food medicinally. Nettle has a reputation in herbal medicine and is regarded in homoeopathy as a useful remedy. Preparations of the herb have astringent properties and act also as a stimulating tonic. Warm nettle tea doesn’t taste like a normal tea not bitter, spicy, minty or lemony, it is more like a strong stock of a rich, deep, green plant essence, and it’s one of the most nourishing drinks of all. Whenever you feel run down, tired, or even irritable, make some. Many of the benefits are due to the plant’s very high levels of minerals, especially, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur. They also provide chlorophyll and tannin, and they’re a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B complex vitamins. Nettles also have high levels of easily absorbable amino acids. They’re ten percent protein, more than any other vegetable. Nettle is anti-asthmatic: the juice of the roots or leaves, mixed with honey or sugar, will relieve bronchial and asthmatic troubles and the dried leaves, burnt and inhaled, will have the same effect. As an expectorant, it’s recommended for asthma, mucus conditions of the lungs, and chronic coughs. Nettle tea compress or finely powdered dried nettles are also good for wounds, cuts, stings, and burns. The infusion has been used internally to stop excessive menstruation, bleeding from hemorrhages, bloody coughs, nose bleeds, and bloody urine. It is known to help blood clot, but major bleeding is dangerous, indicative of a serious underlying condition. Consult a competent practitioner in such cases. Use for minor cuts. It is said that eating nettles or drinking the tea makes hair brighter, thicker and shinier, and makes skin clearer and healthier, good for eczema and other skin conditions. Nettles have cleansing and antiseptic properties, so the tea is also good in facial steams and rinses. A decoction of Nettle yields a beautiful and permanent green dye.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: An expectorant, it’s recommended for asthma, mucus conditions of the lungs, and chronic coughs. Nettles have cleansing and antiseptic properties
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