Nettles 101

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IMG_0073.JPGIn several recent conversations with herbalists, nettle has come up as a sort of cure-all. A staple that every inquiring soul should stock. And so I've done so and we are now dating - the nettle and me. I quite like it's color. And flavor wise, it's earthly, mild and entirely easy to down.

Urtica dioica, often called common nettle or stinging nettle, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica.

My mornings now begin with nettle tea, instead of coffee. When brewed as a medicinal tea (versus an infusion) it turns out a comforting dark forest green. Which is comforting because I'm still at least psychologically addicted to the coffee routine.

Nettle Benefits: Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms Promotes a release from uric acid from joints Helps to support the adrenals Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women Promotes milk production in lactating women Relieves menopausal symptoms Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating Helps break down kidney stones Reduces hypertension Helps with respiratory tract disease Supports the kidneys Helps asthma sufferers Reduces inflammation Reduces incident of prostate cancer Minimizes skin problems Eliminates allergic rhinitis Lessens nausea Cures the common cold Helps with osteoarthritis Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash. Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica Destroys intestinal worms or parasites Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas

Source: HerbWisdom