We do treat this plant as a weed and also consider it as an annoyance especially when we brush against its sharp stinging leaves that leaves a rash but it's very helpful in solving a variety of medical conditions.The leaves can be brewed as tea or make soup,both of which captures many of the essential health benefits it has. It can also be applied in the form of an oil extract but you have to combine it with other carrier oils as it can be extremely potent.
The health benefits include:
1 Help stimulate the production of milk and make lactation easier especially for new mothers.
2 Promotes feminine health
The plant has several active components that affects feminine health.For painful premenstrual symptoms,it provides relief from cramping, bloating and minimizing blood flow during that period.For women undergoing menopause, stinging nettle has been prescribed as a herbal remedy for smooth transition of the hormonal shift in the body.
3 May help in prevention of kidney stones because of the phytochemicals it contains for example saponins and flavonoids all of which aid in prevention of calcium and oxalate deposition and also crystal growth in the body.
4 Help lower the blood pressure.Regular consumption of stinging nettle can help lower systolic blood pressure and also relieve tension and stress on the cardiovascular system.
5 It is a potentially stimulant and rubefacient substance and so making it effective against various inflammatory conditions.Also the nettle tea can be used in home remedies for treatment of joint pain,gout and eczema.
6 Helps in detoxification of the body by stimulating the lymphatic system, possibly helping rid the body of excess toxins in the kidney as well.Might also aid in improving the nutrients uptake efficiency of the gut and ensure that the digestive process runs smoothly, hence preventing accumulation of dangerous toxins.
7Aid in skin care
When the extracts are applied to the skin, stinging nettle has been proven to possibly reduce the severity of acne and even prevent bacterial infections.Also due to its antioxidant properties,it can speed wound healing, reduce appearance of scars and blemishes and lastly promotes anti-aging effects that causes wrinkles and age spots.
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