Would you imagine anything by the name ‘stinging nettle’ could be beneficial to you?
This plant should be handled with care. However, it does have many different benefits which can cure a variety of common ailments we face. If you’re interested in trying to treat ailments naturally, this post is for you.
I’m going to cover what stinging nettle is, how it can benefit you, and also how to turn it into a delicious tea.
But first, I need to tell you, though stinging nettle is natural it can still have powerful effects. Be sure to speak with your doctor before adding stinging nettle to your health regiment.
With this in mind, here’s what you should know about stinging nettle:
What is Stinging Nettle?
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Stinging Nettle Benefits
Stinging nettle has a variety of benefits. It can help people with many ailments which are commonplace today. Here are the benefits of stinging nettle:
1. Natural Way to Detox Your Body
If you’re looking for ways to naturally detox your body, stinging nettle can be of help. It’s a natural diuretic which helps aid in flushing toxins from your system.
Also, it’s great for your gut health and digestion. Stinging nettle can also help boost your lymphatic system to rid toxins of your body this way too.
2. Helps with Painful Labor
Are you someone considering natural childbirth? Speak with your doctor about adding stinging nettle to your birthing plan.
It’s said to help ease childbirth pains when they’re excruciating. Stinging nettle is also a natural coagulant which is helpful in cases of excessive bleeding during childbirth.
3. Aids in Nursing a Child
After your baby is born, you may consider nursing. Though this is a natural bodily function, some women face difficulties.
If your body is struggling to produce enough milk, talk to your doctor about stinging nettle. It can encourage milk production to make nursing a little easier.
4. Natural Remedy for PMS
Stinging nettle has many benefits for women. Which is why it shouldn’t be a surprise it can also help with PMS.
If you suffer from cramping and bloating associated with this time of the month, try ingesting stinging nettle to find natural relief.
5. Lighter Monthly
Some women face extremely heavy menstrual cycles. It can be debilitating in some cases. If you’re looking for a natural option to help with this issue, talk to your doctor about stinging nettle.
Where stinging nettle is a natural coagulant, it can help reduce your flow and minimize blood loss during this time.
6. Helps with Menopause
After stinging nettle gets you through heavy menstrual cycles, PMS, childbirth, and nursing, it will help with menopause too.
Stinging nettle can help soothe your hormones and make this time in your life a little less traumatic on your body.
7. Good for Blood Flow
Stinging nettle is high in both vitamin C and iron, which helps to boost your red cell production and can also help fight fatigue and anemia.
When your red blood cell count increases, this can also help to speed up wound recovery too. Stinging nettle is great for your all over blood flow.
8. Kidney Stone Preventative
I haven’t had a kidney stone, thankfully. I do have friends who have suffered from them, and they’re extremely painful from what they’ve said.
If you are someone who suffers from kidney stones, try stinging nettle. It can break down kidney stones, and because stinging nettle is also a diuretic, it can help prevent bladder infections and fluid retention too.
9. Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Inflammation is our body's natural response to trauma. This is a good thing in small doses. However, when our body is constantly inflamed, it causes problems.
Stinging nettle is a natural anti-inflammatory and can help heal ailments such as gout, arthritis, and muscle pain.
10. Good for Your Bones
Do you struggle with bone health? You need to try stinging nettle. It contains boron which helps the bones in your body maintain their calcium content.
If you’ve been diagnosed with osteoporosis or are at risk to develop this disease, talk to your doctor about stinging nettle. It is said to help slow osteoporosis.
11. Good for Respiratory System
When you struggle with respiratory health, it can be challenging to perform any task. Stinging nettle is a natural treatment for hay fever, allergies, and even asthma.
For best results, you should consume stinging nettle tea on a regular basis. If it helps you to breathe better, it might be worth it.
12. Good for Your Heart
With a herb which can do this much good, it shouldn’t come as a surprise it is also good for your heart. It can help lower your blood pressure.
But stinging nettle also lowers the overall stress on your heart and cardiovascular system. It is most effective when consumed on a regular basis.
13. Good for Prostate Health
If you’re already facing an enlarged prostate or prostate cancer, you should undoubtedly continue treatment.
However, speak with your doctor about adding stinging nettle because though it can’t reverse effects on your prostate, it can help prevent your prostate from becoming more enlarged.
14. Produces Healthy Skin
Having healthy skin can make you feel like a whole new person. This is why I love how useful stinging nettle can be in helping with this.
If you struggle with acne or bacterial infection on your skin, stinging nettle can help. It can also help improve healing and reducing signs of scars. Plus, stinging nettle can help reduce signs of aging such as age spots and wrinkles.
15. Helps with Stomach Ailments
Having tummy troubles can sometimes feel like the worst. Well, stinging nettle to the rescue again. It can help reduce both nausea and diarrhea.
Stinging nettle can also help to reduce ulcers and hemorrhoids as well. When your stomach hurts, it’s good to know you have a natural remedy to turn to.
16. Eczema Relief
Eczema can be extremely uncomfortable. Stinging nettle can help soothe this ailment too.
You can take it in supplement form to help soothe eczema internally and apply stinging nettle topically to soothe it externally.
17. Lowers Blood Sugar
High blood sugar can result in type 2 diabetes in some cases. Diabetes is a complicated disease to manage and can cause many more problems.
Well, stinging nettle can help level blood sugars in your body and also help to improve struggles with insulin resistance as well.
18. Helps with Severe Burns
If you’ve ever had a severe burn, you know how painful the healing process can be. The main focus when dealing with severe burns is to speed the process of healing and battle infections.
Stinging nettle has the ability to help with both. It can help speed up the healing process, and it can also help battle infections which would attack your skin too.
Stinging Nettle Tea
One of the most common ways to ingest stinging nettle is by making it into a tea. This tea is simple to make, but there are a few tricks to it. Here’s what you need to know to make stinging nettle tea:
1. Protect Yourself
When you go to harvest stinging nettle, you should protect yourself against the stings of stinging nettle.
It has points on the leaves which will catch your skin and cause it to sting for an hour or more. Therefore, you should cover your hands and arms when harvesting the stinging nettle.
Use scissors to cut the first two layers of the plant. Be sure to leave what’s beneath this in place. Stinging nettle is a perennial which grows in most locations in the United States.
If you don’t take the entire plant, it will keep returning and be producing. Once you have the leaves, move forward in the process.
2. Get to Cookin’
Pull the leaves from the stems and give them a quick rinse in cold water. Place the leaves in a sauce pot with water.
A general rule of thumb is two cups of water per every one cup of stinging nettle leaves. Bring the pot to a low boil and turn to simmer. You’ll simmer the leaves for approximately two minutes.
Again, another rule of thumb, if you’d like a stronger flavored tea, allow the leaves to steep in the water for a more extended amount of time.
If you’d prefer a milder flavor, add more water to the leaves. When the leaves have finished steeping, pull the leaves from the pot.
Pour the tea into a cup and add sweetener if you desire.
3. Eat the Leaves
When you’re drinking your tea, you can use the remaining leaves by sautéing them in a pan with butter. Remember, you should introduce stinging nettle into your system slowly and only after consulting a doctor.
Consuming one to two cups of stinging nettle tea per day should give you the benefits you desire without causing adverse side effects.
Also, if you decide to consume the leaves, take a small taste first to make sure their stinging effect is gone.
Well, you now know how to make stinging nettle tea and also how consuming or utilizing stinging nettle can be of great benefit to your health.
Hopefully, this will help shed some light on a natural remedy for many common ailments many people face.