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, Nettle Leaves
A perennial growing to 1.5m, with lance-shaped leaves and green flowers
with yellow stamens in axillary cymes.
Flavonoids, amines, Glucoquinone, Minerals, Plant sterols, Phenols. Other
vitamin ingredients are Vitamins C and E, along with minerals, and rich in
chlorophyll when eating the cooked nettle shoots.
In reality the herb is very rich in Vitamin A and C. It also provides an
excellent source of calcium and iron. Nettles Leaf Powder A valuable herb
with many uses, especially useful in hair care products. Can be used as is
in soap, or to make a tincture or extract.
Has a long history of use in traditional medicine. Its flesh is rich in
minerals and plant hormones and it stimulates hair growth and softens the
hair. It is used as a hair rinse (especially for light hair): wash and dry
nettle roots; soak 2 handfuls of roots in 2 quarts of cold water overnight;
next day bring mix to a boil and then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes; strain
roots; use remaining liquid as a hair rinse. Will yield greenish yellow from
the above-ground plant with an alum mordant. Make a weak nettle tea as a
face wash to firm up skin and remove excess oils. A nettle vinegar made with
1 ounce of fresh nettle in 6 ounces cider vinegar is an excellent
astringent. A very strong nettle tea combed through the fair will reduce
grey over time and will stimulate the scalp.
This herb is a popular product in shampoos and facials. It has been well
tested and shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Because it is a
vasodilator it has been used medicinally to excite the skin locally. It is
also used for stimulating hair growth, treating dandruff and used to treat
dark circles around the eye.
The stinging reaction caused by the plant hairs is said to contain many
active ingredients, such as formic acid, like what ant's inject when they
bite your skin and make you sting and burn, not to mention, itch. Other
ingredients include: histamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, hydroxytryptamine
and other irritants. So, many of these ingredients are neurotransmitters and
affect nerve cells, so this is probably why it gives such an irritant
effect, and why it may be better used for alopecia areata.
Diuretic, Tonic, Astringent, Prevents hemorrhaging, anti-allergenic,
Increases breast- milk, production, reduces prostate enlargement. Blood
purifier, and diuretic.
Primary use has been for allergies (usually taken in capsule form). Used
for urinary problems and rheumatic problems. Used for anemia, arthritis,
food or pollen allergies, head and chest colds, relief of asthma and
bronchial cough, hay fever, and prostratitis. The tea with honey
is used as a stimulant.Increases flow of milk in nursing mothers. Makes an
astringent gargle for sore throats and mouthwash for bleeding gums.
Dried nettles are highly recommended as a supplement for some animals.
Drying causes the needles to become completely ineffective and then the
plant can be eaten with no unpleasant sensations. Rabbits love dried nettles
in the winter time and I always gathered lots for them. It acts as a tonic
for them and they would leap very excitedly around when they smelled me
handling them. Newly hatched poultry grow more quickly if dried nettles are
powdered into their food for the first 2-3 weeks of their lives.