Nettle (Urtica L.)

Nettle (Urtica L.) is characterized by the itching it causes when they come in contact with the skin. It has many vitamins and minerals, beneficial for the body. It is often associated with the treatment of gynecological problems, while it is a very diuretic herb.

Available either as whole leaves or grated.

Description

General Informations

Nettle (Latin name Urtica L.) belongs to the family Urticaceae. It blooms from May to June and is a perennial plant. The leaves of the plant due to the hairs they carry can cause skin irritation. However, if they undergo heat treatment, such as cooking, they lose this property. In fact, in many Balkan countries, Nettle is widely used in soups, omelets, and other local recipes.

Historical References

The ancient Greeks strongly used this herb for a variety of ailments. Soldiers of that period were rubbed with nettle leaves to keep warm during the winter.

Health Benefits and Uses

It has many vitamins and minerals necessary for humans, such as vitamins A and C and calcium, iron, magnesium, and more. It is recommended for people with anemia, as its composition absorbs more iron.

It is also an herb that helps with gynecological diseases. More specifically, during pregnancy, it protects against bleeding, while during breastfeeding it helps in the production of milk. It also helps prevent bloating and cramps that are accompanied by the onset of menstruation. It is very diuretic, as a result of which it helps in the better functioning of the kidneys and cleanses the body of toxins. In addition, nettle tea prevents seasonal allergies and treats symptoms such as itching, allergic rhinitis, and sneezing. Finally, it has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-rheumatic effects, soothing inflammation.

Available Forms of Nettle:

  • Whole leaves
  • Grated
  • Radix Cutted.

Origin: E.U.

Caution! Herbs should not be consumed uncontrollably. Consult your doctor before consumption. They are not substitutes for drugs and can cause side effects and allergies.