Nettle has long been one of the most popular herbs, rich in vitamins, minerals and valuable phytonutrients.
Even if nettle stings, you don’t have to endure any pain to benefit from its medicinal properties, as it can be used in a variety of forms, such as tea, tinctures and capsules.
Nettle is rich in vitamins A and C, iron, calcium, potassium and manganese, and is also surprisingly high in protein. The tender nettle leaves can be prepared in the same way as spinach and taste similar to spinach (of course, you don’t have to worry about the nettle stinging after cooking).
Nettle leaves can be used to make stews, soups, pesto, pasta dishes or to flavour cornflakes. Nettle-flavoured cheeses are also popular in certain regions of Europe.
Nettles are good for the joints and the urinary tract
Nettle has long been used to relieve various joint problems, musculoskeletal disorders and rheumatic complaints. It can be used not only topically, but also in capsules or tea, as it contains anti-inflammatory compounds and micronutrients (such as calcium, magnesium, vitamins C and K) that help keep bones and joints strong, flexible and resistant.
Nettle supplements should also be taken by men, especially older men, mainly because of their beneficial effects on the prostate, alleviating the unpleasant symptoms associated with prostate enlargement, and their natural diuretic action, which helps to remove inflammatory microbes and toxins from the body.
Of course, women can also drink 2-3 cups of nettle tea a day to relieve symptoms associated with urinary tract infections or to prevent the disease.
Nettle can also be used to reduce inflammation
Nettle is a natural anti-inflammatory and also contains antihistamines, which can relieve symptoms associated with hay fever, such as nasal congestion, coughing, sneezing, itchy eyes and nose.
People prone to eczema may also benefit from nettle, also due to its anti-inflammatory compounds, as it can improve skin conditions, itching, redness, dryness and associated pain.
Nettle is also a detoxifier, which means it helps to remove toxins from the body that can increase the symptoms of eczema. For allergies or eczema, drink a cup of nettle tea 2-3 times a day.