More talk about nettle

by TeaLady on March 13, 2012

Nettle plants

A while back we did a facebook contest asking people to share what they know about the benefits of nettle. WOW! we got some pretty indepth responses; and each of these participants received a free bag of Take Charge Tea’s nettle blend.

Teresa Bowden:

Nettle tea is quite rich in a large number of vitamins, apart from calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, magnesium, carotene, and zinc. Along with that, it also comprises of protein in high quantities.

Health Benefits Of Nettle Tea

  • For women suffering from excessive menstrual bleeding or premenstrual syndrome (PMS) symptoms, drinking nettle tea might prove beneficial. It is also used to reduce water retention and treat anemia.
  • The tea has been found to be rich in sterols, an ingredient that seems to help decrease the action of DHT, a testosterone that is regarded as the culprit behind prostate enlargement.
  • If you suffer from springtime allergies, drinking nettle tea three times a day can prove to be beneficial. Apart from that, the tea can help treat tuberculosis, coughs, urinary tract infections, and a variety of intestinal disorders.
  • In Europe, the tea was once used in the treatment of scurvy. On the other hand, Russians still consider it to be a treasured antiseptic and astringent. It is used to stop nose bleeding, apart from being used to improve heart action and cure headaches.
  • The tea has been found to be rich in natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory substances. This is the reason why it is used to open blocked nasal and bronchial passages and regarded as a beneficial herbal remedy for treating hay fever.
  • Nettle tea has proved effective in ousting gravel from the bladder and dissolving kidney stones. It also stimulates the kidneys to excrete more water, thus helping the body get rid of toxins and metabolic wastes and serving as a valuable blood purifier.
  • The tea can help clean out the entire intestinal tract, while killing and expelling intestinal worms as well. It also sets in motion the body’s natural defense mechanisms.
  • Nettle tea is being used in the treatment of dysentery, diarrhea, hemorrhoids and inflammation of the kidneys. Since it helps get rid of phlegm from the lungs, it is being considered for asthma treatment as well.
  • It is believed that the tea serves as an excellent tonic for women. Native American women used to drink it during pregnancy. It was also used to stop excessive bleeding that followed child birth.
  • It is said that after giving birth to a child, a woman should consume nettle tea, as it has the ability to restore a woman’s energy and can also stimulate milk production.

Dale Dalessio: ‎

  1. Put an infusion on your scalp to promote hair growth.
  2. Tonic for the blood
  3. Good for bacterial infections
  4. Helps with allergies
  5. Urinary tract issues

Christine Kovacs: ‎

  1. It is used in the treatment of arthritis and rheumatism, joint and muscle pain.
  2. It is used as diuretic, which helps with urinary issues.
  3. It is used to treat anemia since nettle leaves contain high amount of iron content.
  4. It decreases the risk of eczema and other skin disorders.
  5. It is used in the treatment of sinusitis and rhinitis, and may help with hay fever by acting as a natural antihistamine.

Leslee Russett:

Nettle tea fights coughs, tuberculosis and asthma; counters arthritis, rheumatism, tendonitis and other disorders of the muscles and joints; combats eczema; is a rich source of calcium, a mineral vital to the maintenance and development of bones in the body; has high levels of beta-carotene, a precursor of Vitamin A, which contributes to the maintenance of good vision and protection from eye diseases such as night blindness and cataracts.

This is what Culpepper writes about Nettle, in Culpeper’s Complete Herbal, 1814:

Nettles are so well known, that they need no description; they may be found by feeling, in the darkest night.

Government and virtues. This is also an herb Mars claims dominion over. You know Mars is hot and dry, and you know as well that winter is cold and moist; then you may know as well the reason why nettle-tops eaten in the spring consume the phlegmatic superfluities in the body of man, that the coldness and moistness of winter hath left behind. The roots or leaves boiled, or the juice of either of them, or both made into an electuary with honey and sugar, is a safe and sure medicine to open the pipes and passages of the lungs, which is the cause of wheezing and shortness of breath, and helps to expectorate tough phlegm, as also to raise the imposthumed pleurisy; and spend it by spitting; the same helps the swelling of the almonds of the throat, the mouth and throat being gargled therewith. The juice is also effectual to settle the palate of the mouth in its place, and to heal and temper the inflammations and soreness of the mouth and throat. The decoction of the leaves in wine, being drank, is singularly good to provoke women’s courses, and settle the suffocation, strangling of the mother, and all other diseases thereof; it is also applied outwardly with a little myrrh. The same also, or the seed provokes urine, and expels the gravel and stone in the reins or bladder, often proved to be effectual in many that have taken it. The same kills the worms in children, eases pains in the sides, and dissolves the windiness in the spleen, as also in the body, although others think it only powerful to provoke venery. The juice of the leaves taken two or three days together, stays bleeding at the mouth. The seed being drank, is a remedy against the stinging of venomous creatures, the biting of mad dogs, the poisonous qualities of hemlock, henbane, n nightshade, mandrake, or other such like herbs that stupify or dull the senses; as also the lethargy, especially to use it outwardly, to rub the forehead or temples in the lethargy, and the places stung or bitten with beasts, with a little salt. The distilled water of the herb is also effectual (though not so powerful) for the diseases aforesaid; as for outward wounds and sores to wash them, and to cleanse the skin from morphew, leprosy, and other discolourings thereof. The seed or leaves bruised, and put into the nostrils, stays the bleeding of them, and takes away the flesh growing in them called polypus. The juice of the leaves, or the decoction of them, or of the root, is singularly good to wash either old, rotten, or stinking sores or fistulous, and gangrenes, and such as fretting, eating, or corroding scabs, manginess, and itch, in any part of the body, as also green wounds, by washing them therewith, or applying the green herb bruised thereunto, yea, although the flesh were separated from the bones; the same applied to our wearied members, refresh them, or to place those that have been out of joint, being first set up again, strengthens, dries, and comforts them, as also those places troubled with aches and gouts, and the defluxion of humours upon the joints or sinews; it eases the pains, and dries or dissolves the defluctions. An ointment made of the juice, oil, and a little wax, is singularly good to rub cold and benumbed members. An handful of the leaves of green nettles, and another of Wallwort, or Deanwort, bruised and applied simply themselves to the gout, sciatica, or joint aches in any part, hath been found to be an admirable help thereunto.

According to Rosemary Gladstar in her book Family Herbal—A Guide to Living Life with Energy, Health and Vitality,

Nettles are rich in calcium, iron, zinc, chromium, silicon, manganese, magnesium as well as other trace vitamins and minerals. The minerals present in nettle leaves are easily extracted in water and this also makes them useful as a food source, to cook with steamed vegetables or in stir fry’s.

We at Take Charge Tea believe that nettle is the most nutritious thing you can put in your body and that it is the most useful and versatile native herbs for us. It is our best selling tea blend not for this reason, but because of the taste. People sample this tea at the market or a trade show and invariably it is the favourite for most. We are happy about that because it’s a pleasure to be sending so much goodness out for people to fortify, clarify and heal their bodily systems.

This last quote sums it up:

“Nettle is one of the most widely applicable plants in the materia medica. The herb strengthens and supports the whole body.” David Hoffman, 2003.

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