Nature’s "Stinging" Medicine
While everyone agrees that nettle stings hurt, not everyone knows that this plant can benefit a number of conditions including arthritis, prostate enlargement, heart failure, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), hay fever, and more...
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica; where uro means burn).
According to XVII century astrologer and herbalist Culpeper, Nicholas:“Stinging Nettle is an Herb Mars claims Dominion over. You know Mars is hot and dry, and you know as well that Winter is cold and moist; then you may know as well the reason why Nettle tops eaten in Spring consume the Phlegmatic superfluities in the Body of man, that the coldness and moisture of Winter, hath left behind”
Stinging nettle is the most beneficial when it is collected in early spring, before flowering. It is one of the best blood cleansing and blood building herb.
- Stinging Nettle has been used traditionally as a diuretic. As such, nettle can help flush the bladder of the bacteria that cause urinary tract infections (UTI)
- Diuretics are often used to tread high blood pressure. Nettle juice has the advantage of being well tolerated and safe unlike the pharmaceutical drugs. However, high blood pressure is a serious condition that requires professional care. If you'd like to include nettle in your overall treatment plan, do so ONLY under the supervision of a physician.
- Physicians often prescribe diuretics against fluid accumulation associated with congestive heart failure.
- Women bothered by PMS may try taking nettle in the days before their periods. This may help relieve the bloating caused by premenstrual fluid build-up.
- Nettle provides significant relief from hay fever symptoms.
- Nettle is a good source of vitamin C. For that reason it is traditionally used in treating scurvy which is caused by vitamin C deficiency.
- It influences pancreas and helps reduce blood sugar.
- It has been determined that the herb may help relieve arthritis.
- When drunk for 4 weeks it helps clear liver, gallbladder and spleen disorder.
- Properly prepared can be applied to cuts to stop bleeding.
- It is drank as a tea in treating nosebleeds and haemorrhoids.
- It contents iron so it can help in anaemia, fatigue and exhaustion.
- Tincture prepared from nettle root (spring or fall) applied daily is very beneficial for thinning hair.
An excellent source of information about Stinging Nettle as well as other herbs is worldwide besteller "Health Through God's Pharmacy" by Austrian writer Maria Treben.
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