Urtica Dioica or as many call it, common Nettle, is a herbaceous flowering plant that has jagged leaves covered with stinging hairs. Nettle grows in colonies and can get up to 8 feet tall in the summer and dying down to the ground in winter. The soft, heart-shaped green leaves are 3 to 15 cm (1 to 6 in) long and produces yellow or pink flowers. Today nettle grows all over the world, but its origins are in the colder regions of Europe and Asia.
The Many Nettle Benefits
Stinging nettle has a number of helpful health benefits, according to the Department of Dermatology at the Penn State University College of Medicine.
Nettle has been used medicinally for ages specially by Ancient Greece & Native Americans. Most stinging nettle products are made from the stem and leaves, but the roots also have medical qualities. The plant is anti-inflammation that can affect treatment of many health issues. Nettles help urinary tract infections, act as a diuretic, help break down kidney stones, destroy internal parasites, to relieve gas/colitis/coeliac disease, alleviate asthma, hay fever, hives, dermatitis, arthritis and even help prevent hair loss. Studies have shown stinging nettle has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-ulcer, astringent and analgesic capabilities. Stinging nettle extract and root tinctures have the ability to cure joints and painful areas of the body. Stinging nettle is also available in cream.
Nettle For Treating Hair Loss
Hair loss can strike anyone at any age and the causes vary from genetics to stress. It is normal to lose up to 100 hairs per day. There are many ways to fight Hair Loss . One of the oldest hair loss remedies is stinging nettles. However, doctors advise caution when using it. Here are some steps to follow when using nettle to cure hair loss.
- Add stinging nettle tea to hot water and let it steep for three to five minutes. Drink this three times per day.
- Massage stinging nettle oil into your scalp at night, one to two times per week. Put on a sleep turban and let the oil do its work as you sleep. Shampoo as normal in the morning. Stop using nettle in case of any indigestion or skin reactions.
Many cosmetic companies started featuring nettle extract with other ingredients such as Argan Oil & Saw Palmetto in making Hair Loss Shampoos And Conditioners . Some of the well trusted hair loss shampoos in the market is Pura D’or Hair Loss Prevention Shampoo . It helps heal damaged hair follicles and fortifies Hair stands. It contains nothing but natural all-organic compounds.
The best time to harvest nettles is the first few weeks after they come up in the spring, before they grow to be a foot tall. Nettlescontain high vibrational goodness and have been well documented throughout the aeons for a myriad of health benefits. It has a flavor similar to spinach mixed with cucumber when cooked, and is rich in vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, manganese, and calcium. Young leaves of Nettle are used by Native Americans as a cooked plant, they soak it in hot water to remove its stinging chemicals. The leaves of Nettle are also dried and may then be used to make a herbal tea , as can also be done with the Nettle’s flowers. Nettle soup is a common use of the plant, particularly in Northern and Eastern Europe. This plant can also be used is cheese making such as Gouda.
So, it appears that Nettle (Urtica Dioica) really is one of the best ingredients for our daily use, be it as medicine, as a food supplement or as a one of the natural active beauty compound. But remember, too much of anything can give apposite results.