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Stinging Nettle

botanical name: Urtica dioica

Often dreaded for its painful sting, stinging nettle surprises with the ability to be able to support a plethora of bodily functions.

Key Features:

- nutrient-dense

- supports detoxification

- anti-histaminic activity

What does it do?

Blood-building: stinging nettle is renowned for its nutritional richness, serving as a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It contains significant levels of vitamins A, C, and K, as well as minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium. Helping to build up the blood, combatting fatigue and anaemia particularly after illness.

Anti-inflammatory properties: the plant contains compounds such as flavonoids and carotenoids that help reduce inflammation throughout the body. As a diuretic, it helps to remove excessive acidity, fluid and heat within and around the joints.

 

Allergies (skin & seasonal): nettle has the ability to inhibit the production of histamine, a compound involved in allergic reactions. It can also balance and calm an overactive immune system and purify the blood by enhancing natural detoxification.

Prostate & urinary tract support: as a diuretic, nettle aids in flushing out toxins and supporting overall urinary tract health. For men, it may help alleviate symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), such as urinary urgency and frequency, by reducing inflammation and improving urine flow.

Blood sugar regulation: compounds found in stinging nettle may improve insulin sensitivity and help stabilise blood glucose levels. It supports the different phases of liver detoxification, enhancing natural cleansing of the blood.

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Active Constituents

Flavonoids, 

minerals,

silicon,

histamine,

leukotrienes,

neutrophil chemotactic activity

Parts Used

Leaves,

Seed,

Root

Herbal Actions

Astringent

Bitter

Diuretic

Depurative

Neutralising

Applications

Teas,

Tinctures,

Syrups,

Oils

Precautions

Nettles are considered relatively safe. The hairs surrounding the leaves are irritating, so gloves or other protective gear should be used when handling the fresh vegetable.

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