Nettle is a wonderful health-boosting wild herb that grows wild on the farm in a few different patches - so we have a good supply. Nettle has so many amazing health benefits; my aim is to share as many as I know with you, and will do my best to fit them on this post.
Nettle is more than just a pesky stinging weed; it is an important source of food, fibre for clothing and Herbal Remedies throughout the world. Nettle consists of proteins, calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, along with vitamins A, C, D, K, and B complex and if you drink nettle tea every morning before breakfast for 1 month it will purify your blood.
At the moment I am drinking nettle every morning, I make a small pot of Nettle tea before going to bed and in the morning heat it up, and drink it first thing before breakfast. My experience has been really positive, I find the tea really smooth and it has been flushing my system out really well - I highly recommend you give it a go!
What Nettle Tea helps with
Traditional herbalists recognize a long history of the use of nettle tea.
To give you an idea of just how powerful and good for you the nettle plant is, here are 32 reasons to try nettle tea
1. Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity,
2. Is really good for blood purification
3. It prevents the signs of ageing
4. Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
5. Nettle promotes the release of uric acid from joints
6. Helps to support the adrenals
7. It helps with diabetes mellitus
8. Strengthens the foetus in pregnant women
9. Promotes milk production in lactating women
10. Relieves menopausal symptoms
11. Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
12. Helps break down kidney stones
13. Reduces hypertension
14. Helps with respiratory tract disease
15. Supports the kidneys
16. Helps asthma sufferers
17. Stops bleeding like uterine bleeding, nosebleeds, and bowel bleeding
18. Reduces inflammation
19. Reduces incident of prostate cancer
20. Minimizes skin problems
21. Eliminates allergic rhinitis
22. Lessens nausea
23. Cures the common cold
24. Helps with osteoarthritis
25. Alleviates diarrhea
26. Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
27. Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
28. Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease
29. Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
30. Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
31. Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas
32. Also been used to treat hay fever and relieve allergy symptoms.
Steep 1 to 2 tablespoon of dry nettle per person in hot water for 5/10 minutes and drink daily as a curative to all these ailments. Just be sure to check with your doctor since nettle can interfere with certain pharmaceuticals. And enjoy the nettle tea health benefits today!
The young nettle leaves are the best to eat but you should all ways steep the leaves in boiling water first before eating to take the sting away. They are good to eat as a cooked green vegetable like spinach, steamed with a little salt and olive oil or in to your favourite soups or stews to boost the flavour and goodness. There are a few good old recipes for nettle soups from back in the old Scotland days where nettle was actually grown in glass-houses and was all the rage like kale is today. You can try "nettle pudding" with leeks, broccoli, and rice or brew up a delicious herbal drink similar to ginger beer and even fresh leaves, boiled in well-salted water for ten minutes, can be used (like rennet) to curdle milk for cheese making.
Nettle leaf is rich in minerals. When dried, the plant is 40 percent protein. Just ten grams of nettle contains 290 milligrams of calcium and 86 milligrams of magnesium. In comparison, 10 grams of raw spinach contains 10 milligrams of calcium and 8 milligrams of magnesium. Making tea from dry nettle is a convenient way to access those minerals.
Nettle Tea: A Multi-purpose Tea
When taken by mouth it has been found to help cure mucus congestion, skin irritations, water retention, good blood purifier and diarrhea, as well as helping nursing mothers to produce more milk, stimulate the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder and Nettle tea makes a first-class gargle for mouth and throat infections,
For External use of Nettle
Tea made from nettle seed is used to relieve itching and swelling in skin infections and rejuvenate dry skin. The tea is brewed, cooled and applied topically as a rinse to the affected area.
Tea made from the leaf Applied externally helps with muscle aches and pains, oily scalp, oily hair, and hair loss (alopecia), it is claimed to relieve rheumatism in both people and animals when whipped on the affected area, helps to clear up acne and eczema and promotes the healing of burns. Additionally, if you simmer a handful of young nettle leaves for two hours in good amount of water ,cool, then strain into a glass bottle, the liquid that you are left with when used regularly as a scalp conditioner, will make hair soft and glossy.
In today's manufacturing, stinging nettle extract is still used as an ingredient in hair and skin products.
For over 2,000 years, healers have recognized the herb's ability to stop all kinds of internal and external bleeding; it was considered a powerful blood purifier.
The thick, dark, hairy stems of the nettle plant when processed into fibre make a strong white thread which can be woven spun or twisted to make linen sheets, clothing and tablecloths. Nettle was claimed to be one of the most durable of fabrics well in to the seventeenth century in northern Europe. Native Americans also used nettle fibber to make strong ropes and fishing nets, during World War I Germany and Austria found the fibbers' to provide a good substitute for cotton and wool. Today Nettle is still collected and processed in the Himalayas and spun into a rough yarn.
How to Identify Nettle
Nettle is a single-stemmed perennial plant; it spreads by seeds and the creeping underground roots or rhizomes. It can sometimes reach a height of seven feet tall, the leaves are a deep green and heart shaped, have a jagged edge, and are covered with fuzzy stinging needles like silky little hairs that will sting you when you touch or even just brush past them, they contain three chemicals, histamine that irritates skin, acetylcholine which causes a burning feeling, and serotonin. - The sting can last up to 24 hours and is nontoxic to people. When you have been stung by the plant you will come up in little round red welts and have a sting itchy pain to match but you won't die and it is easy to relieve the pain.
The Dangers of Nettles
The main danger of fresh nettle is the sting you get from its "stinging" leaves. But just by drying the leaves and pouring hot water over them to make your tea removes the sting so it's safe to drink.
Nettle juice will even ease the stinging of the rash brought about by contact with the plant's own bristled leaves. The Aloe Vera and Dock plants will also help relive the sting just by rubbing the leaf on the affected area you will start to feel relief. The Dock plant has large leaves, a thick stem and grows very conveniently around nettle. This is an amazing way nature is looking after us.
Also try a mix of baking soda and water together to form a paste. Using a clean cloth, dab the paste on the affected area to help relieve the sting. As a last resort try to carefully urinate on the affected spot. It may sound weird, but it works.
Nettle grows best in moist rich soil, and in the wild is a good indicator of where rich soil is. Nettle is also excellent in the garden as mulch, fertilizer and in your compost; you can transplanted Nettle easily by just by digging up some wild root and bringing it in the garden where you want it. Nettles also can be cultivated from seed, planted in spring in a loamy and moist soil in sun or light shade. When harvesting nettle it is very important to wear gloves to protect yourself from the stings and using a knife or scissors to cut the stem - so as to leave the roots intact and allow the plant to keep growing.
When gathering nettle to eat, its best to only get the young, tender leaves as they are the best for eating. It's really easy to dry your own nettle for tea by just hanging it upside down in your kitchen for about 2weeks, then storing it in a glass gar next to all your other teas globerx24.com/soma .
Nettle for your Animals
Nettle fodder is said to make cows give more milk, and when you add dry powdered nettle to chickens feed they will lay more eggs for you.