The Amazing Benefits of Nettle Leaf Just Don’t Quit
Here at Smile Herb Shop we’re big fans of Nettles. Ask any of our herbalists what their favorite thing is about this herb and you’re likely to get lots and lots of answers! Best known these days for dealing with seasonal allergies, Nettles can do so much more.
Stinging Nettle (yes, it can actually sting you if you brush by it) is a flowering plant that grows perennially. It has been used for its healing properties throughout the ages, and today it can be found in areas throughout the world.
The many healing properties of this plant are indeed amazing. The plant contains many natural chemicals, including serotonin, histamine and acetylcholine. It’s the active nature of these chemicals that can cause a sting on the skin if they make contact through the little needles that lie under the plant’s fine hairs on the plant’s base. Nettles are used today as a treatment for urinary tract problems, joint pains, and allergies. They’re also a nutritious addition to the diet, providing many vitamins and minerals in easy-to-digest form, and promote healthy skin and hair.
Here are two things you may not know that Nettles are good for:
Stinging Nettle Root has been shown to be effective in the treatment of bladder problems and benign prostate enlargement. The entire plant has diuretic properties and it can help to increase the flow of urine, and the root is especially toning to the bladder (male and female) and prostate.
Stinging Nettle for Joint Pain
Aches and pains, bad backs as well as arthritis and other forms of chronic pain plague many of us. The good news is that Stinging Nettle, taken internally, has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease achiness, stiffness, and joint pain. Some brave souls are use the stinging effect of Nettles to loosen up aching joints. It may sound strange, but it can bring down inflammation in muscles and joints, although it’s not a painless process!
There’s always more good things to say about Stinging Nettle, but that’ll do for today!
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