Saturday, July 7, 2012
Stinging nettle is a perennial herb of the nettle family. Most used parts of this herb are its leaves and roots, but sometimes even the stem of very young plants are used. Hair on the leaves of this plant instigates stinging sensation to human beings and animals. Despite its sting, this herb has been widely used as an effective medicine and a nutritious food.
Stinging nettle has a number of health benefits if consumed in various forms. It is used as a diuretic, and to treat rheumatism and arthritis. Due to its high iron content, the herb is used in treating anemia. It is consumed to deal with asthmatic problems and to reduce chances of skin problems. It also helps prevent respiratory, urinary problems and hair loss, and treats rhinitis and sinusitis.
Nettle tea is a favorite for herbalists and holistic healers. Once the nettle leaves have been harvested and dried, simply steep them in boiling water to create a delicious, nutritious, and healing tea.
Note, I am not a doctor, so please consult a health professional before consuming.