While many Pacific Northwesterners make a habit of avoiding stinging nettles when they’re out hiking or in the park, this plant has a lot more to it than its spiky exterior. First recorded as a medicine in ancient Greece and Rome, stinging nettle has helped many generations reduce swelling, combat allergies, and more.
Stinging nettle, or urtica dioica, is found throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. Whether you are interested in harnessing the benefits of this plant or simply would like to learn more about its medicinal properties, here are a few herbal benefits of stinging nettle you may not have known!
Why Use Stinging Nettle for Healing?
Though they are a bit rough around the edges, stinging nettles have many health benefits. This plant is a versatile solution that helps bolster your overall wellness and immunity when prepared properly. Consider the following medicinal properties of this plant:
•Soothes the kidneys and bladder
•Acts as a diuretic
•Fosters female fertility (though you should not take them once you become pregnant)
•Eases allergies, sinus congestion, and rhinitis
•Keeps skin healthy
•Boosts overall immunity
•Support general health vitality
As with all supplements, use them with caution and consult a health care professional to be sure they are right for you.
Consuming Stinging Nettle
Because nettles are sharp to the touch, handling and preparing them correctly is crucial. One common way to consume them is as supplements, which you can purchase online or at your local drug store. If you prepare them with care, you can also eat stinging nettles as sauteed greens, turn them into pesto, or use them in a number of other recipes.
Stinging Nettle Tincture From Health Discovery Acupuncture
Health Discovery Acupuncture’s Jenna Beem has recently started making stinging nettle tinctures to help her patients harness this plant’s many health benefits. The unique blend of fruits and herbs creates a soothing healing solution for your body. Made from stinging nettles, goji berries, orange peel, and mint vodka, this tincture gives users the following benefits:
•Goji berries support the kidneys, lungs, and liver while stimulating your immune system, boosting memory, and increasing vitality.
•Orange peel balances digestive energy, dissolves phlegm, and alleviates coughing.
•Nettles offer all the aforementioned benefits, including boosting immunity, relieving allergies, promoting healthy skin, and more.
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