Stinging Nettle is a herbaceous flowering plant which is known for its amazing health benefits. It has sharp stinging leaves which are also used as food. Stinging nettle is also referred to as burn nettle or burn weed. It has a strong ability to detoxify the body, boosting immune health, increasing circulation, improving metabolic efficiency, managing menstruation, improving the energy levels, minimizing menopausal symptoms, protecting the kidney and increasing the mass of the muscles. It is also used in preventing diabetes, soothing hemorrhoids, lowering blood pressure as well as improving the respiratory conditions.
Uses of stinging nettle
The leaves of this plant can be used for brewing tea. There are some cultures that use the leaves and stems of stinging nettle to prepare a healthy soup for boosting their meals. More research is being conducted to exploit the potential health benefits of this plant. It has gained a lot of popularity in different parts f the globe due to its impressive health benefits. Below are the major health benefits of stinging nettle
The tea prepared using stinging nettle is helpful for the women experiencing or undergoing painful labor. It also helps in protecting the body against excessive bleeding. Furthermore, stinging nettle tea helps in stimulating the milk production process in breasting feeding mothers thus facilitating the lactation process.
Detoxifying the body
Stinging nettle is rich in nutrients which make it an ideal body’s detoxifier. It is used for cleansing the body of the various types of toxins. Its diuretic properties are helpful in neutralizing and eliminating the toxins from the body. Additionally, its alterative properties help in improving the uptake of nutrients thereby facilitating the smooth running of the digestive process. The process of getting rid of the toxins from the body is crucial in stimulating the lymphatic system.
The extracts obtained from stinging nettle can be used for reducing the severity of acne by applying them to the skin. These extracts are also used in preventing bacterial infections. The antioxidant properties of stinging nettle are also used in speeding the healing process and reducing the appearance of blemishes and scars. Stinging nettle is also very effective in reducing wrinkles and age spots.
Enlargement of prostate and prostate cancer are some of the serious health conditions affecting men. Stinging nettle has been proven to be very effective in fighting the growth of cells responsible for prostate cancer.
Other health benefits of stinging nettle include the following
- Promoting gastrointestinal health: This is done by reducing diarrhea and nausea
- Improving circulation: It is rich in Iron and Vitamin C which are required in stimulating the production of red blood cells.
- Anti-inflammatory activity: It is effective in treating inflammatory conditions
- Treating menstrual symptoms: Its astringent properties help in reducing the flow of blood during menstruation