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The healing powers of nettle are well steeped in the folklore and traditions of various cultures. It was used primarily as a diuretic and laxative in ancient Greek times.
For hundreds of years, practitioners of herbal medicine have recommended stinging nettle as a treatment for the pain of arthritis and gout, anaemia, allergies and urinary problems or as a topical treatment for eczema, insect bites and painful muscles.
The name stinging nettle comes from the Latin word ‘urere’ - which means ‘to burn’ because of the small stinging hairs on the stems and leaves.
KEY APPLICATION: Reduces hypertension, boost immunity, joint pain, diabetes, kidney stone, respiratory tract disease, asthma, stop bleeding, inflammation, prostate cancer, allergic rhinitis, diarrhoea, gastrointestinal disease, IBS, urine output, eliminates uric acid from the body, detoxifies the blood, treatment of nephritis, haemoptysis and other haemorrhages.
PLANT FAMILY: Urticaceae
BOTANICAL NAME: Urtica Dioca
VERNACULAR NAMES: Bichoo buuti, Stinging Nettle, Dwarf Nettle, Devil’s leaf, Shisuun, Anjuraa
CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF LEAF
The urticating properties of the hairs are attributed to the presence of acetylcholine, histamine and hydroxytryptamine. The leaves gave flavonoids (including rutin), sterols, carotenoids, minerals, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B, Vitamin K1and more!
The understanding of medicinal properties will help us utilize the herb better. Below are medicinal properties along with its meaning indicating multiple health benefits:
Rasa (Taste) – Kashaya (Astringent), Katu (bitter)
Guna (Qualities) – Laghu (Light), Dry (Rooksha)
Virya (Potency) – Sheeta (Cooling)
Vipaka (Post digestive effect) – Ushna (Hot potency)
Effect on tridosha (Humors) - Reduces Pitta, Kapha & increases Vata
NETTLE LEAVES TEA
Dried Nettle leaves are infused in hot water to be taken as a tea to get its health benefits.
Prepare a tea by steeping 1 teaspoon of dried stinging nettle leaves in hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. You can also flavour your cup of nettle tea with lime and honey.
(Please note that the exact amount of dried leaves to be used depending on the age, strength, digestive power, nature of the illness, the state of the viscera, humors and disorders.)
The information provided is for educational purposes only. This data is not to be considered complete and is not guaranteed to be accurate.