The humble stinging nettle has long held the reputation of being good for a number of health benefits.
What is stinging nettle?
The weed that we all try to avoid touching has very fine hairs on its leaves and stem which are painful to touch and can cause a severe sting. Look beyond the sting to discover why it’s so good for you. It’s a perennial plant with the Latin name of urtica dioica. Although the leaf is a common weed there are great health benefits associated with the stinging nettle.
Why is the nettle so beneficial for health?
• Nettle leaves have anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to calm skin when inflamed.
• Drinking nettle tea has been associated with calming eczema. The nettle leaf contains natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory qualities. Sufferers should try a combination of oral nettle with an application of nettle tea applied to the surface of the skin.
• The leaves are rich in silica and sulphur which helps to promote healthy hair and hair growth.
• Arthritis sufferers often experience joint pain, predominantly in hands, feet, knees and hips. Having anti-inflammatory properties makes it a good ingredient to reduce arthritic pain. Studies have shown that applying nettle leaves to the site of pain may reduce the joint pain. Taking nettle capsules may also provide relief.
• The nettle leaf is associated with relieving urinary issues. It is also a successful general diuretic.
• Nettle is high in iron which can help to prevent anaemia.
• Helps to reduce muscle cramps and can be beneficial to drink to avoid period pains.
How to get the benefits of stinging nettle
Nettles are abundant in summer but not above the ground in winter. Using a freeze dried formula in a capsule is the best and easiest way to benefit from this ingredient. Skin Perfecting Complex by Rejuvenated is a combination of skin calming ingredients with vegan amino acid proteins for a healthy glowing skin.