Stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica, is a common plant usually found in moist waste grounds, in areas such as roadsides and old fields. The plant typically grows to about three to four feet tall. True to its name, Stinging Nettle has stinging leaves, covered with short, hollow hairs that poise like a tiny needle.
Touching stinging nettles with bare hands leads to a painful burning sensation with an itchy rash. Stinging Nettle is considered by most as a weed as many do not know its medicinal properties.
Stinging nettle is rich in minerals such as Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Potassium, Phosphorous, Manganese, Silica, Iodine, Silicon, Sodium, and Sulphur. In addition to its rich mineral contents, Stinging Nettle has many medicinal benefits. The leaves lose their sting on drying and cooking and are used to make a blood purifying spring tonic.
Some of the prominentbenefits of Stinging nettleare:
Osteoarthritis (Arthritis) Pain Reliever
Osteoarthritis is a disease of the joints typically in the hands, knees, hips, and spine. Research suggests that using stinging nettle might reduce the need for pain medications.
A German study shows that the extract of stinging nettle leaf contains anti-inflammatory substance that suppressed several cytokines in inflammatory joint diseases.
How does it work?
When the leaf touches skin, the sharp tips of the hairs break off. The sharp point of the hair then enters into the skin and some chemicals, including histamine and serotonin, are produced. These chemicals help to reduce pain by stimulating pain neurons, so the skin irritation overrides musculoskeletal pain.
Enlarged prostate (BPH) and Urinary Issues
The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland in the male. The normal size of the prostate at a young age is not more than the size of a walnut. The prostate grows slowly to a larger size with age. But if it gets too large, it can cause problems. The enlarged prostate compresses the urethra, making urination difficult. About 80% men will experience some enlargement of the prostate as they age. A common symptom of an enlarged prostrate is the urge to frequent urination.
In number of studies, stinging nettle has demonstrated effectiveness against symptoms of BPH. These studies conclude that Stinging Nettle contains chemicals that affect the hormones that cause BPH. Stinging Nettle also acts as a diuretic.
Natural allergy relief
Stingingnettles have been used for centuries as a natural treatment for seasonal allergies, hay fever, asthma, and hives.Daily consumption will alleviate the pollen and allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes
Other benefits of Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettles have been used for centuries as a natural treatment for seasonal allergies, hay fever, asthma, and hives. Daily consumption will alleviate the pollen and allergy symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, and itchy eyes.
How to consume?
Stinging nettles is consumed in the form of capsules or the in the form of nettle tea or as an infusion. Stinging nettle leaves and flowers are dried to make nettle tea. Nettle leaves are added to boiling water. The water is allowed to sit for 4 hours and then filtered to get Nettle infusion.
Consult a healthcare professional before taking stinging nettle supplements for BPH.