Nettle leaves- Health benefits
Nettle is part of the English name of many plants with stinging hairs, particularly those of the genus Urtica. It is also part of the name of plants which resemble Urtica species in appearance but do not have stinging hairs. In Bengali, we call it ‘Bichuti Pata’, owing to the stinging ability of the plant. Even though people steer clear of it, nettle leaves are packed with a package of health-benefiting qualities.
We drink nettle leaf tea, as it has the ability to support the whole body, and the hay-like taste is bearable too.
Directions to making nettle leaf tea-
We pour 8 oz. freshly boiled water over 1 tea bag.
We cover cup and steep for 10 minutes.
Then, we squeeze tea bag to ensure maximum goodness in your cup.
One can enjoy 3-4 cups daily.
Nettle leaf for hair-
It is said that nettle leaf tonic is the most effective DIY hair care solution. It thickens the hair, and help in gaining fuller locks, with lots of volume. It also prevents hair-fall and is effective against dandruff.
How to apply-
We begin with an ounce of nettle leaves, two cups of white wine vinegar, and two cups of water. We place all the ingredients in a pan (making sure it’s non-reactive), let it simmer on the stove for two hours, then let the mixture cool before we strain it. Now’s the time for the lavender oil: once we’ve strained our nettle mixture, we stir in about two drops of the oil, then decant everything in a bottle that has a tight lid. We remember to shake it well before use and massage the mixture into our scalp every other day. We let it set for as long or as little as we like; it can be left on overnight, as long as we cover our hair.
1. Nettle’s iron content makes it a wonderful blood builder, and the presence of vitamin C aids in the iron absorption. As a hemetic (an herb rich in iron), this is an excellent herb for anemia and fatigue, especially in women.
2. Stinging nettle is beneficial during pregnancy due to its rich mineral value and vitamin K, it is also a good supplement to strengthen the fetus. It is used during labor to ease the pains, and will increase milk production in lactating women.
3. As a diuretic, stinging nettle increases the secretion and flow of urine. This makes it invaluable in cases of fluid retention and bladder infections. It is also anti-lithic and nephridic, breaking down stones in the kidneys and gravel in the bladder.
4. Arthritis, bursitis, rheumatism, gout, and tendonitis have all been treated successfully with urtification.
5. There is positive evidence of freeze-dried nettle leaf for treating hay fever, asthma, seasonal allergies, and hives.
(All information from the web)