Stinging Nettle: Harvesting, Preparation, and Course Treatment

Stinging Nettle as natural remedy for many diseases and conditions.

Stinging Nettle is a plant with heart-shaped leaves that grows as weed in neglected areas, uncultivated fields, and beside roads. It is also known as “Urtica Dioica”. Stinging Nettle has a large root and its stems can reach a one and half meter in height.

Stinging Nettle is best harvested in the spring when the plant is young, especially the roots. When collecting Stinging Nettle, it is important to pick up the whole plant, and not only its leaves and stems. Because the whole plant has healing properties. Nettle seeds mature in August.

Stinging Nettle is used as a remedy for blood cleansing, anti-hair loss, rheumatism, fever, excessive urination, tuberculosis, pneumonia, bronchitis, diseases of the joints, kidney stones, for wound healing, anti-radiation, anemia, ulcers, insomnia, nervousness. It is extremely rich in valuable ingredients like: Proteins, Carbohydrates, fats, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamins C, A, B2 and C, carotene, and pantothenic acid. Stinking Nettle tea is a natural expectorant agent, purifies the liver, stomach and intestine, and is also a useful remedy against anemia, fever, hepatitis, malaria, and effectively reduces anxiety.

In 2 deciliter of boiling water soak a tea spoon of nettle leaf, let it rest for 5 minutes. Drink in small sips throughout the day; the first day one cup of tea, second day 2 cups, third day 3 cups and so on for seven days. After that, every day, drink a cup of tea less than the previous day. Repeat after one month of a break and then drink again following the same. This course treatment is reportedly super beneficial for all the above conditions, and especially fatigue and anxiety.

Besides tea, nettle can be prepared in a variety of delicious and healing dishes, such as soup or salads.

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