Nettles can help with anemia and slow bleeding from wounds as well as menstrual bleeding. It is also used to treat hay fever, insect bites, asthma, and skin conditions that cause itching. The juice from the leaf may be used to take the sting out of stinging nettle when you get stung when picking them.
Nettles are used to increase breast milk in nursing mothers and detoxifying the body. From the root of the nettle a treatment is made to help an enlarged prostate.
Stinging Nettles, Common Nettle, Gerrais, Isirgan, Kazink, Ortiga, Grande Ortie, Ortie, Urtiga, Chichicaste, and Brennessel
Root and leaf.
Diuretic, antiallergenci, prostate health, astringent, tonic, breast milk production
Extract, decoction, in capsules and made into paste, creams and salves.
Topical Uses / Applications:
Not used in cooking.
glucoquinone, calcium, silicic acid, potassium, iron, flavonoids, amines, phenols, sterols
Although Nettles are considered GRAS: Generally Recognized As Safe and are commonly eaten in a similar manner to spinach, caution should still be taken. Excessive internal use should be avoided during pregnancy. Avoid use if you have edema due to heart disorders or kidney insufficiency. Be aware of allergic hypersensitivity.
The historian Westmacott says: “Scotch cloth is only the housewifery of the nettle. In Friesland, also, it was used till a late period.” The poet, Campbell, complaining of the little attention paid to the Nettle in England, states:
“In Scotland, I have eaten nettles, I have slept in nettle sheets, and I have dined off a nettle tablecloth. The young and tender nettle is an excellent potherb. The stalks of the old nettle are as good as flax for making cloth. I have heard my mother say that she thought nettle cloth more durable than any other species of linen.” Grieve’s Modern Herbal
These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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