Also known as: Stinging nettle, common nettle, and great nettle
Genus and Species: Urtica dioica
Parts used: Leaves stems and roots
"While everyone agrees that nettle stings hurt, controversy surrounds the herb’s use in healing. One modern herbalist calls nettle, "One of the most widely applicable plants we have," but many scientists contend that the herb "has no pharmacologic value when administered orally." Nettle is no wonder herb, but it’s diuretic action can benefit a number of conditions." -Michael Castleman
A little history
Hippocrates’ Greek contemporaries prescribed nettle to heal the venom from snake bites and scorpion stings, from plant poisons such as hemlock. However, it didn’t work, so don’t do that.
Roman soldiers would flail themselves with branches of nettle, hoping the sting would warm their skin. Today, the sting from nettle is often used as a remedy for stiffness caused by arthritis. This is known as urtication.
Another odd thing
Sometimes, people have tried smoking nettle as a remedy for asthma. Nettle has also been used to cure scurvy, and stop bleeding, mainly nosebleeds. Studies have also shown that it aids against Hay Fever.
For Urinary track infections
Nettle, being a diuretic, can help flush out the bacteria that causes infection! It’s been used to flush out the UTI and to help aid in kidney stones.
For High blood pressure
In Germany it is not uncommon to find that they use herbal remedies such as nettle. Many places in America, who more then not, prescribe Pharmaceutical diuretics. The diuretics in nettle have commonly been used to treat high blood pressure. According to German herbalist Rudolph Fritz Weiss, M.D., “Nettle juice is definitely useful in diuretic therapy. It has the advantage of being well tolerated and safe as distinct from the pharmaceutical thiazides.”
For Congestive heart failure
Diuretics are commonly prescribed for congestive hear failure. However, this is a serious condition, and should be treated by a professional. However, Nettle could be used to aid in congestive heart failure, and before any use, you should
consult your doctor.
For Benign prostate enlargement, or BPH
Nettle, with some success, has been used to treat BPH. A german resercher used nettle root to treat BPH, and found that when taking the nettle root, the issues with urination, caused by BPH had lessened.
What to watch out for
What you need to know about nettle is, the soft looking leaves aren’t soft at all!Those little hairs are actually little needles, connected to a sac of irritants, mainly histamine. The stinging can last up to, but not limited to 12 hours.
However, if you get stung by nettle, don’t feel to bad. It’s happened before! There are some old remedies for nettle sting. Many have used nettle juice to sooth the sting, along with mint and doc. Doc is one of the most popular ones.
Also, an important thing to consider while taking nettle, or any diuretic is that diuretics deplete the body of potassium! While taking nettle be sure to eat many potassium rich foods, and not just bananas!
In tests, Nettle has shown that it can cause uterine contractions. Pregnant women should probably not take nettle, and nursing women should avoid Diuretics.
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Information gathered from: The New Healing Herbs (The Ultimate Guide To Nature’s Best Medicines) By Micheal Castleman
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