Detoxifies the Body
The wide range of beneficial nutrients found in nettle leaf makes it an ideal detoxifier for the body and it has been known to gently cleanse the body of toxins. As a diuretic, it can also ensure that those toxins being neutralized in the body are then eliminated quickly. It helps improve the nutrient uptake efficiency of the gut and ensures that the digestive processes run smoothly, thereby preventing the accumulation of dangerous toxins. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, helping rid the body of excess toxins in the kidneys as well.
Aids in Pregnancy
Nettle extract is often suggested for women who are undergoing excessively painful labor, and it helps to protect against excessive bleeding, as it can act as a coagulant. Furthermore, it will help stimulate the production of milk and make lactation easier.
Promotes Feminine Health
Nettle leaf has a number of active components that affect feminine health. For painful PMS symptoms, it can give relief from cramping and bloating, while also minimizing overabundant blood flow during menstruation due to its astringent capabilities. For women undergoing menopause,nettle can smooth the transition and act as a restorative, so the hormonal shift isn’t as dramatic in the body.
The combination of high vitamin C and iron content in nettle makes it ideal for stimulating red blood cell production. Vitamin C optimizes iron uptake in the gut, while the iron is a crucial component of hemoglobin. By increasing the RBC count and the blood circulation, as well as speeding up wound recovery, the body’s extremities receive essential oxygenation to boost energy levels. For the same reason, nettle leaf is often recommended to relieve fatigue or anemia, which is characterized by general muscle weakness, exhaustion, cognitive difficulties, and headache.
Prevents Kidney Stones
Nettle has long been known as a diuretic, but it also affects the kidneys in a different way. It has nephritic qualities, meaning that it can help break down stones in the kidney and gallbladder. This prevents those painful conditions from worsening or requiring those stones to be either passed or surgically removed. Also, as a diuretic, nettle helps eliminate toxins quickly, thereby protecting against bladder infections and excess fluid retention (edema).
Nettle is a stimulant and rubefacient substance, making it very effective against various inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis or chronic muscle pain. Research has shown that nettle leaf extract can effectively treat gout, soothe muscle pain, and reduce symptoms of arthritis.
Although we don’t hear much about boron, it is still an important mineral found in nettle . Boron has been linked to maintaining calcium content in our bones, which means that nettle can help to slow the onset of osteoporosis. When you combine that effect with the hormone-regulating impact that nettle has, which helps to regulate and monitor bone health as well, it seems like this herb truly can do it all.
Treats Respiratory Issues
Nettle has also been connected to the treatment of a variety of respiratory conditions, including hay fever, asthma, and other seasonal allergies. Also, certain extract combinations from nettle can significantly reduce allergic reactions. Regular consumption of its extract has been associated with curing asthma in Australia for generations.
Protects Heart Health
It only makes sense that this amazing cure-all herb would also be able to positively affect the heart. Research has revealed that regular consumption of nettle leaf extract can help to lower systolic blood pressure and relieve tension and stress on the cardiovascular system.
Improves Prostate Health
Prostate enlargement and cancer are both serious factors to consider as men age and nettle has proven to be an effective means of preventing prostate growth. However, due to the chemical pathways that this treatment takes, nettle root can only prevent the prostate enlargement, not reverse or reduce it. Palmetto along with nettle root can also reduce the urge of frequent urination.
Skin, hair and nails
All parts of nettle are amazing for skin, hair and nails. They are often a part of beauty products, especially shampoo. You can use nettle tea or extract either internally or externally, washing out your hair with the tea or massaging your scalp with the extract before washing your hair.