Stinging Nettle: A Highly Nutritious Herb

Stinging nettle may not sound like something you would want to harvest and eat, but its nutritive qualities are shown to be very helpful and impressive to many people including pregnant women.

To many, nettle may be considered just another annoying forest or yard plant as the sharp stinging leaves cause one to experience skin irritation, but if one might also known that the juice of that same plant also helps to provide relief from those stings, they may see it in another light.

Of course if you consider harvesting nettle it would be wise to take precautions. Simply wear protective gloves while your harvesting your plants and you should be just fine. Before using this herb to ingest you can prepare it two different ways. You could make a nettle soup, or tea. However, there are a few potent topical oils on the market if your interested in using that.

It is important to know that once the herb has been cooked, it no longer has the ability to give you that “stinging” sensation that most talk about. Most people enjoy nettle soup as it is a fun and delicious way to eat a whole bunch of it at once. Others really enjoy sipping nettle in tea.

Nettles Abilities

  • Improves circulation (high in vitamin C)
  • Improves bone health
  • Prevents kidney stones
  • Anti-inflammatory activity
  • Protects the heart
  • Treats respiratory illnesses
  • Improves prostate health
  • Improves the health of your skin
  • Hay Fever
  • Help Control Blood Sugar
  • Stimulate Hair growth

Diuretic

Nettle is known to be a diuretic. This helps the body to remove unwanted toxins through urination more quickly. It also helps to stimulate the lymphatic system helping rid the body of toxins in the kidneys as well.

 

Helpful in Pregnancy

Nettle has been known to help pregnant women who struggle with painful labors. (Only use during the last couple of weeks during the third trimester due to nettles ability to help promote contractions.) It helps to prevent excessive bleeding, act as a coagulant and the best and most special part of all, It helps with lactation and milk production. Nettle tends to be in a lot of third trimester teas. In that dose it is okay. However, I would not recommend taking nettle supplements during the first trimester of pregnancy due to risk of miscarriage. If you are uncomfortable taking nettle during pregnancy, I would recommend it after birth for storage and support of the hormonal changes and to help promote lactation.

 

Women’s Health

During the menstrual period, nettle can help women with cramps, bloating and minimize blood flow due to its astringent capabilities. It can also help women undergoing menopause by acting as a restorative so that the hormonal shift in the body isn’t as dramatic.

 

 

Do Not Take Nettle If….

If you are taking any of the following I would avoid taking it with stinging nettle supplements.

  • Blood Thinners
  • Blood Pressure Medication
  • Diuretics and water pills
  • Lithium
  • Sedatives
  • NSAIDs

 

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