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Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)

$6.00 Regular price
All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME:Standard: Nettle Leaf Also known as; stinging nettle, nettle LATIN NAME:Urtica dioica Plant Family: Urticaceae PART(S) USED:Dried Leaves. OVERVIEW:Stinging nettle is an herbaceous perennial that thrives in wet climates and moist soils. Nettles earn their name from the tiny hairs found on the leaves and stems that cause a stinging sensation upon contact with skin. It has been used worldwide for centuries in a variety of countries and cultures. Nettles have a multitude of benefits and long history of been used to treat seasonal allergies, rheumatism, eczema, osteoarthritis, joint paint, gout, anemia, urinary tract infections, kidney stones, and enlarged prostate issues in the early stage (benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH), and much more. Studies have shown it has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-ulcer, astringent and analgesic capabilities. Nettle has also shown to work well alongside nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to allow patients to decrease their NSAID use. Because prolonged use of NSAIDs can cause a number of serious side effects, this is an ideal pairing. As a food, stinging nettle can substitute for spinach in any cooked recipe (they lose their sting when cooked). You can add them to lasagna, make pasta with them, throw them in soups or stews, etc. Online recipes abound. Whether you’re drinking nettle tea, eating a meal made with nettle, or taking a nettle supplement, the plant is quite good for you. Here are some nutritional highlights: Several chemicals found in nettle have anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving qualities. Rich in vitamins A, B, C, and K. High in calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. Contains all 20 essential amino acids. High in antioxidants, which may help prevent certain chronic diseases.   PREPARATIONS:1.2 - 18 Grams per day, dried herb tops. Pour 1 cup of boiled water over 1 tsp. dried herb. Let stand 15 minutes. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Make react with Lithium, and medications for diabetes, high blood pressure, sedative medications, and blood thinners.  The above ground parts of stinging nettle seem to increase urine flow. If you have kidney problems, discuss stinging nettle with your healthcare provider before starting it. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Reference Health Canada:http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=166&lang=eng