The “stinging nettle” as this plant is frequently termed, grows wild in many areas. Most locations find it in the spring, when other milder locations may see the weed in the winter (one of our best seasons for stinging nettle where we live). It is not a plant that you want to touch with your bare hands or rub up against, because it does have a stinging “bite” to the skin, leaving burning and welts on some people.
However, the leaves can be cooked down or chopped to eliminate this issue and it is a very healthy plant to keep on hand.
Nutritionally-speaking, stinging nettle contains:
- high amounts of vitamins A,C, D and B complex
Stinging Nettle helps with:
- supporting kidney and liver function
- boosting iron stores
- lessening allergies
- reducing inflammation
- decreasing blood pressure
- removing toxins from the body
- helps reduce an enlarged prostate
- recently, it was found to possibly help with neurological disorders
How to take it.
Stinging nettle can be taken in several different ways: as a supplement, a tincture, as an oil, or as a tea. You can purchase it here on Amazon.
For tea, place tea in a jar, cover with hot or boiling water, and allow it to seep for about 10 minutes. The longer you allow it to seep, the more health benefits you will reap from it.