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Nettle Health Benefits

NettleNettle (Latin name: Urtica dioica)

Nettle have been used in medicinal purposes for centuries. The reason why people were interested for this plant, probably was its ability to induce a burning sensation in contact with the skin. Therefore, traditional medicine recommends nettle for arthritis treatment, as a natural cure for joint pain. Nettle is also used over the centuries as warm compresses for the skin to remove the toxins from it. It is useful for many types of skin diseases including eczema in children.

Medicinal properties of Nettle:

Nettle leaves are rich in various minerals, but they are especially rich in iron. So, it is a good natural remedy for anemia. In people suffering from urinary tract infections, nettle improves urination, which washes away the bacteria from the body. It is a good diuretic and helps the body to rid itself of excess fluid. It is also known that this plant purify the blood, cures ischiatic and osteoarthritis.

Nettle tea stimulates the appetite, strengthens the blood and purifies the kidneys.

Nettle is also useful for hair care.

Thus, we can notice that nettle has great health benefits. Nettle is one of the favorite plants of the famous Maria Treben, Austrian herbalist. The taste of nettle is similar to spinach and it belongs to healthy food.

Nettle is useful in cases of:

Rheumatic pain in joints
Lack of appetite
Sleep disorders
Physical and mental fatigue
Urinary incontinence
Stone in kidney
Hair loss


Nettle tea recipe: Put the nettle leaves (1 tablespoon) in boiling water (2 dl). Leave to stand for 10 minutes, then drain it. Drink 3 times per day.

Nettle tea can be prepared through the fresh or dried leaves.


Some people may have an allergic reaction to nettle.

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