Tea, compress, cream
Urinary problems, urinary tract infections, hay fever, muscles & joint pain, gout, anaemia, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains, strains, tendonitis, insect bites, eczema
Avoid if pregnant or if you have kidney disease. Exercise caution if breast-feeding, diabetic or taking medication for hypertension (see precautions below).
The common stinging nettle is native to much of the northern hemisphere. It is not only very nutritive as a culinary vegetable but has a long history of use in traditional medicine.
Nettle leaf tea has a wide range of uses. It helps the kidneys cleanse the blood by through its diuretic effect and its eliminatory effect. Many people use it to treat urinary problems associated with the early stages of an enlarged prostate (called benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH). It is also used for urinary tract infections, hay fever (allergic rhinitis). If taken regularly nettle’s property of aiding the body to eliminate uric acid makes it useful for the treatment of painful muscles and joints, gout, anaemia and those who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. Used in a compress, or in a cream, nettle is used for treating joint pain, sprains and strains, tendonitis, and insect bites. Nettle helps during eczema flare ups. Nettle leaf tea is considered safe to give to children in small quantities for a short length of time.
Do not take if pregnant or if you have inflamed kidneys or kidney disease. Use with caution and in small doses if breast-feeding. Do not take in large quantities if you are diabetic as this might interfere with medication. Consult your doctor if taking medication for hypertension.