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Eight Health Benefits of Stinging Nettle


This article clearly specifies the benefits of stinging nettle and its use fields in medical industry. It is a well-written article about Urtica Dioica, that is, Stinging nettle in botany.


Once I was listening the health benefits of herbs on the radio, a specialist on the herbs said that stinging nettle was one of the most effective and beneficial herbs for our health. He said that if people was aware of the benefits of nettle and how curative it was, they cultivated nothing but nettle. This allegation may seem a little unrealistic or pretentious, however it has many great benefits indeed.


Stinging nettle, or commonly known with its botanical name Urtica Dioica, is a plant growing in the tropical areas around the world. The homeland of nettle is Brazil and other South American countries. It is also abundant in Northern Europe and Asia. Nettle has a well-known reputation for giving a sting when the skin touches the hairs and bristles on the leaves and stems. It grows 2 to 4 meters. It has white, green and yellow leaves. When someone feels being stung by nettle, this is actually because of the irritants in the nettle. Some of those irritants are formic acid, histamine and acetylcholine. After this little introduction about stinging nettle, let’s talk about our main topic, that is, the health benefits of it.


Here is some well-known curative properties of nettle.

  1. It is used as diuretic
  2. It is used to treat anemia since nettle leaves contain high amount of iron content. It also helps to formation and coagulation of blood cells.
  3. It is used in the treatment of arthrites and rheumatism
  4. It protects respiratory and urinary problems
  5. It decreases the risk of eczema and other skin disorders. Additionally, it is used in asthma treatment.
  6. It is used in the treatment of benign prostate
  7. It is used in the treatment of sinusitis and rhinitis
  8. It protects hair loss (Alopecia)
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