Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Nettle (Urtica dioica)
is a kind of wild edible plant of the genus Urtica, which grows on neglected places like fields. It grows in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America.
Nettle is a dioecious herbaceous perennial plant. The stem is straight and reaches a height of up to 150 cm, and the leaves are 3-15 cm long. Heart-shaped leaves are on short stalks and have short hair. The root of it is quite large. The leaves and stems are covered in bulbs, and therefore has very uncomfortable touch, because it pours out juice on the skin crisp. Nettle flowers are green and drab. Nettle has medicinal properties. Its blooming time is from spring to autumn, and it stays underground during the winter.
Nettle as a medicine
Nettle is in the entire plant world the richest iron source. Strongly affects the entire body and it can rightly be said to act as a versatile medicine. It is used in anemia, rheumatism, diseases of the digestive organs, atherosclerosis, migraine, kidney disease, against hair loss and countless minor and major disorders and diseases.
- Nettle is a plant full of iron
- Used for hair loss – excellent and fast results,
- Has a positive effect on the blood
- Acts as a diuretic and Antihaemorrhagics,
- Protects against various diseases,
- Iron deficit
- It helps with Anemia
- Diseases of the digestive organs,
- Kidney disease
In combination with other herbs, nettle can be used to successfully treat leukemia. People who suffer from allergies, including hay fever, should also drink nettle tinctures.
Healing properties and other benefits
The ancient Greeks used nettle massages against rheumatic pains. Nettle improves the digestive system. Contains calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins A and C and organic acids. Nettle also contains flavonoids that work well on the functions of the body. The root extract has a lot of iron, used against hair loss and positively affects the blood. Nettle is often prepared as tea, tincture and juice, and is often used in the kitchen. It acts as a diuretic and antihaemorrhagics.
Regardless of medicinal properties, nettle is not consumed fresh since sometimes problems with the digestive system and skin redness can occur. In addition to protecting against disease, nettle can suppress aphids that have large parasite fruit. Nettles are often used as food for rabbits and pigs. Nettle is also used in the food industry, for example, in the production of cheese yarga and spicy varieties of Gouda cheese. Nettle can be used to prepare various dishes, and in northern Europe nettle soup is often served.
Nettle root is used to obtain yellow, and from the leaves a yellowish-green color can be obtained. Nettle contains bast fibers, it is often used in the textile industry. Unlike cotton, it grows easily without pesticides, but its fibers are much rougher.