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Stinging Nettle South Africa

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Stinging nettle South Africa is available in both leaf and root form from our online shop here.

Stinging nettle is a plant best known for the sting of its leaves. The root of this plant has been used to improve urine flow, ease swelling in the joints, and aid blood glucose control. It can be applied as a cream or oil. Nettle can also be made into a tea or taken as a pill, powder, or stinging nettle extract.

Stinging nettle roots and leaves contain vitamins A, C, and K as well as B vitamins. The leaves are rich sources of terpenoids, carotenoids, fatty acids, essential amino acids, chlorophyll, and minerals. They also contain important polyphenols, which have antioxidant properties.

The use of nettle as a vegetable and folk remedy dates back to ancient times. It was mentioned by Hippocrates (ca. 460-370 BCE) and Theophrastus (ca. 371-287 BCE), by Dioscorides (40-90 CE) in Materia Medica, and by Pliny the Elder (23-79 CE) in Naturalis Historia. The Materia Medica suggested nettle for gangrene, rheumatism, tumors, ulcers, and dog bites.

The English herbalist, physician, and botanist Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) said nettle was “an herb so well known, that you may find them by the feeling in the darkest night,” likely referring to its stinging hairs. He recommended nettle to break up stones, stop bleeding and increase urination, and for difficulty breathing, pleurisies, cough, and inflammation of the lungs. Culpeper also said that nettles provoke lust and help people hold their necks upright.

Stinging Nettle is one of the first plants to emerge in the forest each spring, and it has an amazing history. Humans have used this plant for thousands of years. Worldwide it has been used as a food plant, to treat a variety of conditions, in fiber production and animal food. Interestingly, an archaeological site in Denmark dated 2800 years ago revealed cloth made from stinging nettle was used to wrap human remains. The site was a rich burial mound and the cloth was imported from elsewhere in Scandinavia, which indicates nettle fiber was deliberately chosen and may have been a luxury item.

Health benefits of stinging nettle leaves and root:

  • The wide range of beneficial nutrients found in stinging nettle makes it an ideal detoxifier for the body and it has been known to gently cleanse the body of toxins. As a diuretic, it can also ensure that the toxins being neutralized in the body are eliminated quickly. It might help improve the nutrient uptake efficiency of the gut and ensure that the digestive processes run smoothly, thereby preventing the accumulation of dangerous toxins.
  • It can also stimulate the lymphatic system, possibly helping rid the body of excess toxins in the kidneys as well.
  • Stinging nettle has several active components that affect feminine health. For painful premenstrual symptoms, it is known to give relief from cramping and bloating, while also minimizing blood flow during menstruation due to its astringent capabilities. For women undergoing menopause, stinging nettle has been prescribed as a herbal remedy to smooth the transition, so the hormonal shift isn’t as dramatic in the body.
  • Stinging nettle South Africa has long been known as a diuretic and has been therapeutically used for urinary ailments and kidney stones. Phytochemicals present in the plant, such as flavonoids, anthocyanins, and saponins, aid in preventing calcium and oxalate deposition and crystals growth in the body.
  • Stinging nettle is a potent stimulant and rubefacient substance, making it effective against various inflammatory conditions. Nettle tea has been used in home remedies in medieval Europe for joint pain, eczema, arthritis, and gout.
  • Stinging nettle has also been connected to the complementary treatment of a variety of respiratory conditions, including hay fever, asthma, and other seasonal allergies. Also, certain extract combinations from stinging nettle can significantly reduce allergic reactions.
  • Research has revealed that regular consumption of stinging nettle tea can help to lower systolic blood pressure and relieve tension and stress on the cardiovascular system.
  • Prostate gland enlargement (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia) and other prostate problems are serious issues to all men as they age and stinging nettle has proven to be an effective means of preventing prostate growth. Studies in people suggest that stinging nettle, in combination with other herbs (especially saw palmetto), may be effective at relieving symptoms such as reduced urinary flow, incomplete emptying of the bladder, post urination dripping, and the constant urge to urinate. Does stinging nettle lower PSA? In a clinical trial, 287 BPH patients who had been treated with nettle (Urtica dioica) showed a significant reduction in IPSS, serum PSA and prostate size
  • Urtica Dioica is a plant known to reduce blood glucose levels upon oral ingestion, according to researchers.
  • When the extracts are applied to the skin, stinging nettle has been proven to possibly reduce the severity of acne and can even prevent bacterial infections. Due to its antioxidant properties, it can also speed wound healing, reduce the appearance of scars and blemishes, and promote anti-aging effects to reduce wrinkles and age spots. It is also used in ointments for treating burns.
  • Nettle leaves are rich in silica and sulfur, both of which help in hair growth as well as prevent hair loss. Studies show that Urtica dioica can block DHT, a hormone that if overproduced, can damage hair follicles. The leaves have potent anti-inflammatory properties that can potentially reduce inflammation of the scalp.

Stinging nettle is generally considered safe when used as directed. Occasional side effects include mild stomach upset, fluid retention, sweating, diarrhea, and hives or rash (mainly from topical use). It is important to be careful when handling the nettle plant because touching it can cause an allergic rash.

How to make stinging nettle root tea:

  1. Add water to the leaves or root.
  2. Bring the water just to a boil.
  3. Turn off the stove and let sit for five minutes.
  4. Pour the mixture through a small strainer.
  5. Add a bit of honey, cinnamon, or stevia, if you like.

If you are wanting to buy stinging nettle herb or stinging nettle root in South Africa kindly view our online African herbal shop and look under “Nettle”.

 

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