Plants and Health

Nettle: benefits and virtues


Nettle or Urtica dioica is a perennial herbaceous native to Eurasia, and now found in all temperate areas of the globe.

This (good) weed has many virtues and properties that affect the entire metabolism.

  • Gardening : make his nettle manure
  • Cooked : nettle soup recipe

Nettle and its health benefits

  • Nettle is diuretic and depurative. Nettle leaves are used to prevent the formation of kidney stones.
  • Source of protein, of vitamins and of mineral salts, nettle is revitalizing and works wonders in the form of an infusion (50 g of leaves per liter of hot water) in case of decrease in tone or from lack of iron.
  • It helps fight against acne moderate and some stubborn skin conditions such as eczema, the psoriasis and the scabs.
  • Anti-inflammatory, analgesics and antimicrobial, the nettle leaves are very effective in the treatment of rheumatic pain, ofarthritis and osteoarthritis, and in case ofinflammation of the urinary tract.
  • Nettle increases urine volume and flow and reduces post-voiding residue. She would have beneficial actions in case ofbenign prostatic hyperplasia.
  • Antianemic, hepatoprotective and antioxidant, nettle helps fight hemorrhages (heavy periods, nosebleeds, etc.).
  • For external use, nettle offers properties astringent and healing.
  • Nettle is found in the composition of many hair lotions because she does also grow hair! It strengthens the scalp, cleanses it and fights dandruff.

Growing nettle for its benefits

  • Nettle grows very easily when she is exposed tohalf shade and in aland rich in nitrogen.
  • Beware of snails and slugs that can harm your nettles.
  • Useless to try the nettle culture pot, it is absolutely not effective.
  • Gardening : make his nettle manure

Nettle in the kitchen for its benefits

  • Nettle can be eatenraw or cooked, like spinach. Choose the very young leaves which will lose their stinging properties after being soaked in water for about ten minutes.
  • His nutritional benefits make nettle a very revitalizing food, better than spinach because it does not contain oxalates.

Nutritional value of nettle

80 kcal / 100 g. Nettle is the richest green vegetable in protein. Diuretic, antianemic, nettle contains mineral salts, of the provitamin A, of iron and some vitamin C.

  • Cooked : nettle soup recipe

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