Uses And Benefits Of The Nettle | My Peaceful Land

Have you ever walked through a forest, your hand brushing past the leaves, inhaling the fresh air, suddenly, a sharp, sudden pain inflicts on your hand, ruining your peaceful walk in nature? It’s almost an instinct to look around for a bee or a stinging ant instead of a tall, rough-looking plant. straight after the pain, your skin becomes irritant, making it itchy, red, and swollen, many little bumps will appear. But next time you go on the same walk you will not be brushing past that plant again, you’ll make sure of it. In this article we will share, what a nettle is, what it looks like, and nutrients. You will also learn the uses and benefits of the nettle.

What Is A Nettle?

Nettle/ Urtica dioica, is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Urticaceae. Originally native to Europe, it is now found worldwide. Nettle have quite slender stems, and grow 6 – 8 feet tall, thin leaves, with toothed edges. Also nettles have developed stinging cells as an adaptation to deter herbivores from eating them. The plants contain tiny, hollow hairs called trichomes that cover the majority of the stem and the underside of the leaves. Nettle stings contain acid(formic acid) but they also contain histamine and other chemicals, this is what causes the swelling and the irritation of the skin. Many people are unaware that apart from the unpleasant stings, this plant is a real miracle.

Uses And Benefits Of The Nettle

Their are many uses and benefits of the nettle , leaves and root provide many nutrients, includingVitamins: Vitamins A, C, K, B-1, B-2, B-3, and B-5

Minerals: Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium

Fats: Linoleic acid(omega 6 fatty acid), palmitic acid, stearic acid

Amino acids: All essential amino acids for your body

Polyphenols: Kaempferol, quercetin, caffeic acid, coumarins and other flavonoids

Pigments: Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin and other carotenoids

many of these nutrients act as antioxidants inside your body.

Many of these nutrients act as antioxidants inside your body. Antioxidants are molecules that help defend your cells against damage from free radicals. Damage caused by free radicals is linked to aging, as well as cancer and other harmful diseases

Nettle leaf is a gentle diuretic, helping the body to process and flush away toxins. As a result, it flushes the kidneys and bladder to prevent and soothe urinary tract infections. Nettle tea is ideal for sodium-induced water retention and high blood pressure. Also because of its nourishing, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory propertiesnettle tea is a natural beautifier to skin and hair. It has been shown to clear acne and eczema as well as encourage thicker, shinier hair and new hair growth. The maximum recommended use of nettle tea is four cups per day.

Nettles may treat hay fever, lower blood pressure, and aid blood sugar control. In addition nettles can treat enlarged prostate symptoms, reduced bleeding, increase liver health, healing burns, and wounds.

How To Add To Your Diet

The nettle is one of the cheapest superfoods and is easily accessible, just travel to your local forest or grow it in your garden. It may seem a bit scary, but fresh nettles can be eaten raw, but while fresh stinging nettle may irritate. Cooked, dried or freeze-dried nettle is generally safe to consume, try using fresh nettles the next time you make a green juice, smoothie, or tea.