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Nettle

(Urtica Dioica)

The humble nettle is a common plant, found throughout the temperate regions of the world. It commonly grows wild in hedgerows, field edges and roadside verges – in fact anywhere where there is a reasonable amount of nitrogen in the soil. The fibres that can be obtained from nettle are similar to hemp and flax and were historically used for fine cloth as well as sail-cloth and rope. Some manufacturers still belie that nettle fibre is superior to cotton for making velvet and plush. Nettle is also rich in vitamins and minerals and can be used as a rennet substitute.

The active constituents of nettle are flavonoids, amines, glucoquinone and tannins. It also contains large quantities of minerals: calcium, potassium, silica and iron; as well as vitamin C. The amount of iron in nettle is considerable and it can be used effectively to treat anaemia. Nettle is also a very effective diuretic and has astringent qualities. It has a reputation for having a beneficial effect on arthritis, which is connected to its ability to help remove uric acid and other acid metabolites from the body.

Nettle has also been shown to have a beneficial effect on the hear and improves circulation to the milk production and lower blood-sugar levels in hyperglycaemics.


Summary of Actions

Alterative
Diuretic
Astringent
Haemostatic
Increases lactation
Anti arthritic
Anti-diabetic