April 16, 2012

Nettles, I'm So Glad I Found You . . .

Urtica Dioica

Active ingredients: histamine, tannin, saponins, acetylcholineformic acid, sterols, chlorophyll, glucoquinine, serotonin, iron, vitamins A, C, D and K in an absorbable form, very high in minerals including silicon.

Actions: astringent, diuretic, nutritive, detoxifier, glactagogue, decongestant, hypoglycemic & tonic.

Nettles is one of the most widely applicable plants we have. It strengthens and supports the whole body. It is one of the most powerful plants we have to deal with allergic rhinitis, or more commonly known as pollen allergy or hay fever. Studies are also showing that it has a broad range anti-inflammatory usage, so it useful with migraines, arthritis, lupus pain, etc. It is an extremely nutritive plant, high in vitamins and minerals, particularly iron, silica and potassium, and is showing broad anti-fungal effects as well. Through its diuretic effect it promotes detoxification and works to prevent bladder infections. it also strengthens the kidneys and adrenals. The readily assimilated high calcium content helps to diminish muscle pain in all areas of the body including the legs, round ligaments, and back. With its high Vitamin K content it helps prevent hemorrhages. Because it strengthens the blood vessels and maintains arterial elasticity it helps prevent hemorrhoids and varicose veins, helping to maintain a normal blood pressure also.

Compiled by Vickie Liguori, 2006

I've been drinking a tea containing nettles and the first day I noticed a significant difference in my reactions to outdoor pollen!

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