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Nettle: Health Benefits, Effects and Dosage

  1. Nettle, Urtica, is a genus of plants. Nettle is considered a weed, but is in fact a medicinal herb. The nettle has a purifying and detoxifying effect because it is slightly diuretic and therefore it is also used as a tea for kidney problems. Nettle lowers blood sugar, inhibits inflammation, contains enzymes and hormones that have a cancer-preventing effect and it helps with rheumatic complaints. Nettle tincture helps against greasy hair and dandruff. Also as fertilizer and natural protection against pests in the garden, this plant helps.

Contact with nettles

  1. A light touch of nettles causes a burning sensation

What is a nettle?

  1. The nettle originates from Central Europe, but in 2020 it occurs almost everywhere in the world, as it is spread by humans on almost all continents. Usually the plant grows in groups and in well-fertilized, nutritious and moist soil. The yellowish flowers hang in panicles from the top leaves. The plant can reach a height of one meter and the leaves have a serrated leaf margin. These are covered with small stinging hairs, which causes the dreaded burning effect of the nettle. At the slightest touch, they break down, allowing the substances in the stinging hairs to reach the skin. However, once prepared, the nettle loses its burning effect and can be considered a superfood that can be incorporated into many delicious dishes or is a great medicinal herb for various diseases and ailments. The plant is considered a "weed

Ingredients, Effects and Dosage

  1. Active substances in nettle The medicinal effect of the nettle is based on the following ingredients. The leaves and stems of the plant contain minerals such as potassium and calcium, histamine and serotonin, silicic acid (silicon), formic acid (formic acid) and acetic acid, carotenoids, flavonoids and vitamin E. The root of the nettle contains lectins, lignans, phytosterols and polysaccharides, among others. The medically used active ingredients of nettles are in the leaves, the herb and the roots. The ingredients of the herb and the leaves of the plant are similar in composition. In the dried form they contain in particular unsaturated fatty acids, mineral salts, silicic acid and caffeoylquinic acids. The roots of nettle mainly contain lectins, phytosterols, coumarin

Health Benefits

  1. The nettle has several applications: the leaves are used for urinary tract infections and for the prevention of kidney and bladder stones. Another field of application are rheumatic complaints, inflammatory joint and intestinal diseases, diarrhea, gout

  2. The nettle has several applications: the leaves are used for urinary tract infections and for the prevention of kidney and bladder stones. Another area of ​​application is rheumatic complaints, inflammatory joint and intestinal diseases, diarrhea, gout



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