by Life Enthusiast Staff
Nettle, Stinging Nettle - Urtica Dioica
Collection: The herb should be collected when the flowers are in bloom.
Part Used: Aerial parts.
- Chlorophyll in high yields
- Indoles such as histamine and serotonin
- Vitamin C and other vitamins, protein and dietary fiber.
Actions: Astringent, diuretic, tonic, hypotensive.
Indications: Nettles are one of the most widely applicable plants we have. They strengthen and support the whole body. Throughout Europe they are used as a spring tonic and general detoxifying remedy. In some cases of rheumatism and arthritis they can be astoundingly successful. They are a specific in cases of childhood eczema and beneficial in all the varieties of this condition, especially in nervous eczema. As an astringent they may be used for nose bleeds or to relieve the symptoms wherever there is hemorrhage in the body, for example in uterine hemorrhage
Kings Dispensatory gives these specific indications and uses: Chronic diarrhea and dysentary, with large mucous evacuations; profuse secretions of gastric juice, with eructations and emesis; choleraic discharges; summer bowel diseases of children, with copious watery and mucous passages; chronic eczematous eruptions. Conditions that benefit from its use include: diarrhea, dysentery, hemorrhoids, hemorrhages, febrile affections, gravel, nephritic complaints, chronic diseases of the colon, eczematous affections, eczema of the face, neck and ears, chronic cystitis.
Combinations: Nettles will combine well with Figwort and Burdock in the treatment of eczema.
Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l-3 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0-l5 minutes. This should be drunk three times a day. Tincture: take l-4ml of the tincture three times a day.
Traditional uses included hemorrhoids, kidney tonic, blood purifier, expelling worms and mucous, stopping hemorrhages, backache, fever, colds and to restore hair color.
Renowned value for arthritis and rheumatism sufferers due to ability to dissolve uric acid from joints and urinary systems.
Used to make soups and teas for people who are exhausted or recuperating.
Useful in allergies and hayfever.
Nettle's phytonutrients, including abundant bioflavonoids, produce a list of important benefits for joint mobility, respiratory conditions, circulatory concerns, allergies, expelling parasites, easing backache, reducing colds, restoring hair color, and even relieving hemorrhoids.
The antioxidant effect of Nettle's Silica is considered by some to be the preeminent antioxidant for your health and longevity.
Silica is a reinforcer of all the structures that give you your shape. All your shapes - cell walls, organs, tendons, ligaments and bones, blood vessels, your face and your overall body form. The fact that a potent antioxidant is building into all of these structures is sheer, splendid, magnificent engineering design. Just give your body everything it needs - the potential is astounding.
You are already getting a little silica in your diet, so you will have some shape. But it won't be your optimum shape. For that, you need to pay attention and get more Silica.
Your nails really are important to your health and beauty. At typically poor dietary nutrition level, nails can have all sorts of problems. They can harbor the foulest bacteria, so keeping them healthy and clean is vital. They can be too thin or too brittle and they can break or split. They can grow too slow, and even come separated from their settings.
Fingernails are like "warning lights" on your car's dash that flash when your oil is too low or your engine is too hot. Their condition can be indicative of deeper and far more important concerns - like shape, structure and health of arterial walls.
Silica-nutrition-reinforced nails will evict fungus, gradually speed up in growth, and become more robust and get tough as stainless steel. When your nails start getting tougher, just remember, they are merely the lights on the dashboard. The really exciting stuff is going on deeper inside every cell and in every system of your entire body.
Acetylcholine, 5-hydroxytryptamine, Glucoquinones, Chlorophyll, Carotene, Vitamins; C, B2 & B5, Minerals; Silica, Sulfur, Magnesium, Potassium, Iron & Trace Elements.