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Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica overview

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the hairs, stinging and non-stinging covering the leaves
and stems of the Stinging Nettle

aka: common nettle, burn hazel, burn nettle and burn weed

Urtica dioica
Family: URTICACEAE

Blood Purifier and Tonic

One of the most effective herbs to detoxify the blood system and build up the blood is the Stinging Nettle [1].

When you brush against this herb your skin comes alive with its invigorating sting. Stinging Nettle is often found growing in close proximity to Yellow Dock, another excellent blood tonic and purifier, if you are stung by the nettle rubbing a leaf of the Dock on the stung area will bring instant relief.
Fresh Nettle leaves are used to stop all types of bleeding, due to its high Vitamin K content.





The flowers of the Stinging Nettle

 

The seeds are used for coughs and shortness of breath.

People with arthritis are encouraged to use this plant directly on their aching joints, it will stimulate the blood, which reduces the pain.

Stinging nettle is one of the richest sources of chlorophyll in the vegetable kingdom[2], many tonnes of it are gathered yearly to meet the growing demand for chlorophyll due to its potent health benefits.

Stinging Nettle can be made into beer, used as a tea and cooked as a vegetable in soup, stir fry's, or used in place of spinach.

Once cooked or heated, there is no sting from the leaves.

Soaking Nettles in water will remove the stinging chemicals from the plant, which allows them to be handled and eaten without incidence of stinging.



 

A young flowering stalk

The young leaves are usually a lot more palatable and the leaves are high in nutrients and can be mixed with other ingredients to make a soup rich in iron and calcium. Crushing, cooking or chopping the leaves disables the stinging hairs.

Nettles can be used in a variety of recipes, the young leaves have a similar texture to spinach or other green leafy vegetables and are a very good replacement in any recipe.

When picking this herb use your gloves, unless you want to feel the invigorating sting sensation Nettle offers.

To keep your bloodstream rich and healthy and to ward off anemia symptoms this herbal tea formula is an excellent blood restorer:

  1. Mix equal parts of dried Nettle, Yarrow, Yellow Dock and Peppermint together.
  2. Pour one cup of boiling water over one teaspoon of the above mixture
  3. steep for 20 minutes
  4. Strain
  5. drink one cup half an hour after eating, or make a pot of the tea and drink it cold during the day.
  6. You may wish to add honey if you desire.




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References

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[1]  WikipediaStinging nettle
[2]  Dr Christopher's Herbal LegacyHistory of Stinging Nettle
[3]  Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and PracticeGalactagogue herbs: A qualitative study and review
[4]  UMMCStinging nettle
[5]  The Australian Naturopathic NetworkUrtica dioica/urens
[6]  PlantNETUrtica dioica
[7]  Herbs are SpecialNETTLE
[8]  Heiko BellmannDer Neue Kosmos Schmetterlingsführer, Schmetterlinge, Raupen und Futterpflanzen (ISBN 3-440-09330-1)
[9]  Balch, Phyllis A., CNC, Balch, James F., M.D.Prescription for Nutritional Healing (ISBN 1-58333-077-1)
[10]  Lopatkin N et al.Long-term efficacy and safety of a combination of sabal and urtica extract for lower urinary tract symptoms--a placebo-controlled, double-blind, multicenter trial.
[11]  Riehemann K, et al.Plant extracts from stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), an antirheumatic remedy, inhibit the proinflammatory transcription factor NF-kappaB
[12]  Schofield, Janice J.Nettles (ISBN 0-585-10500-6)
[13]   T. F. Thiselton DyerThe Folk-lore of Plants
[14]  Gregory L. TilfordEdible and Medicinal Plants of the West (ISBN 0-87842-359-1)
[15]  Jim DukePhytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
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