A plant called “stinging nettle” sounds like one of the last things you’d want to consume. Despite its disagreeable name, Stinging Nettle is one of the most beneficial herbs that you can take.
This common weed is nutrient dense - packed with a number of different vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.
We’ll dig into the benefits and uses for Stinging Nettle below.
First, let’s go over a quick history. Stinging Nettle, known scientifically asUrtica dioica, is readily found throughout the US and Europe. It has been used for hundreds of years as both a food and as a medicine.
Traditionally it was used for its astringent, tonic, and diuretic effects . Nettle is also seen as a “nutritive” herb, which means it has a high amount of vitamins + minerals (in particular Vitamin C and Calcium).
Nettle has many benefits, we’ll dig into them below.
Stinging Nettle has been shown to balance immune response, specifically in the airways and nasal passages . Studies have shown that the extract of stinging nettles leaf balances a variety of inflammatory activities that affect respiratory & sinus health.
Stinging Nettles leaf has also been shown to control mast-cell degranulation, prostaglandin formation, and histamine action all contributing to a balanced inflammatory response .
This is one of the big reasons why we include Stinging Nettle in ourAllurtica formula. Allurtica is a natural way to support your body’s immune system to fight off seasonal challenges.
Allurtica is also a special formula for us here at Utzy Naturals because the Stinging Nettles that we use in it are grown on our Organic herb farm in Wisconsin. This is the first herb we started growing on the farm and we are proud to have a direct sourcing, from seed to capsule!
Research shows that Stinging Nettle may be beneficial for those suffering from prostate discomfort . Additionally, this study showed no negative side effects in the participants. A similar study confirmed that Stinging Nettle helps to support overall prostate health .
Other clinical trials show that taking Stinging Nettle, alongside Saw Palmetto, may be useful for prostate health . This makes Stinging Nettle a potential option for men who are looking to support their prostate health as they age.
Research shows that Stinging Nettle, when combined with a low dose of diclofenac (a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug), helped to reduce joint pain . It is thought that this is due to Nettle’s ability to support inflammatory balance in the body.
Another study found that a combination of nettles, fish oil, and vitamin E helped to improve joint comfort .
Stinging Nettle also has strong anti-microbial properties. Studies have shown that it possesses the ability to combat both Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria .
Even though brushing up against a Stinging Nettle plant might cause your skin to break out, if you simply cook Stinging Nettles leaves, the “sting” is taken out of them. You can also dry them, which has the same effect.
Nettle can be used as a “greens” substitute (similar to spinach). You also make a lovely tea by simmering the leaves in hot water.
Even though Stinging Nettle is viewed as a lowly weed, as you can see, it has some big time health benefits. So the next time you see a patch of nettle, consider foraging some for later use. Just remember to wear gloves!
Co-Founder of Utzy Naturals
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