OUCH! is often the first word  when you encounter one of natures most nutritious herbs, Nettle, or often called Stinging Nettle – Urtica dioca.   Nettles sting is from the little bristles which contain irritating chemicals (histamine, acetylcholine) . In years gone buy folk would hit sore arthritic joints with this herbs, moving the stagnant energy and increasing movement, it was also a favourite in hair tonics, and still is today, believed to stimulate lush long locks.

Here is a little video I made on this wonder weed.

 

As a herbalist we look at the qualities of a plant to prescribe from our dispensaries to our patients. Nettle is astringent, somewhat sweet and salt, neutral to cold, nourishing, restoring, stabilising and dissolving

The body organs it loves the most are urinary, respiratory, glandular and digestive

What does this mean?

Nettle is an all round tonic, it nourishes the liver and blood and relieves fatigue

+ Regulates metabolism

+ Strengthens connective tissue

+ Restores the gonads (our sexy bits), the adrenals and thyroid

+ Use for loss of Stamina, feeling tired of an evening

+ Anemia (iron defieciency)

+ Nettle has a long history of use with allergies

+ Eczema, particularly in children

+ Allergic rhinitis

+ Coughs with thin white sputum (don’t you love that word, sputum)

+ Breastfeeding

+ A beautiful tea mix with Raspberry leaf for pregnancy

+ drink regular infusions to nourish a woman body into menopause and beyond

 

HOW TO USE??

Juicing Nettle is one of the best ways to get her goodies into ours, we can also use teas and tincture. Juice Nettle daily while in season, drink 2- 4 cups a day when needed. Tinctures 20 drops 3 time a day or in a blend prescribed by your favourite Herbalist 😉