Beneficial Menopause, improve acne, brittle nails, hair loss
Stinging nettle description
The stinging nettle (stinging nettle) is a very perennial and unisexual herbaceous plant that measures almost five feet in height. Nettle is coated with hairs, there are two kinds, the stinging and the flexible. The leaves of are a dark green shade of oval and lanceolate shapes and surrounded by small, slightly triangular teeth. The flowers of the stinging nettle are very small and gathered in clusters, one differentiates the female clusters, because they are drooping and the male clusters are upright. They differ in shape, for females the composition is four tepals, two of which are larger and surround a unilocular ovary, while males include four tepals and four stamens. The fruit of the nettle is an ovoid achene.
The stinging nettle (greater nettle) is of Eurasian origin (Eurasia which includes Europe and Asia), it has spread over the entire surface of the globe, but its presence is more noticeable in climates more temperate. It is more easily found on the northern side of Europe than in the South, less frequent in North Africa, but quite present in North America. It is a common plant in France and Corsica, this climate suits it very well. In addition, nettle only appreciates uncultivated places, it generally settles in rubble, roadsides or houses, meadows, etc. Only one of its seeds put in a suitable place, and it grows rapidly to about several meters and thus forms a fairly dense population.
Nettle its composition
The leaves and roots of the stinging nettle contain the therapeutic elements for which it is famous. It is rich in protein, as well as other essential components, such as flavonoids with quercetol, kaempferol, as well as isorhamnetol.
Nettle also includes mineral salts with calcium, potassium and Zinc, iron and silica, phenol acids which includes caffeic acid, caffeyl-malic acid and acid chlorogenic. Stinging nettle (greater nettle) contains scopoletol, sisterol as well as glycoproteins and lipids, sugar and free amino acids.
Stinging nettle has many important vitamins, vitamin A (retinol), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B5 (pantenol), vitamin B9, vitamin C, vitamin D and also vitamin K.
Stinging nettle and its medicinal virtues
It has many properties to its credit, it has been used since antiquity for its medicinal properties. Stinging nettle is astringent and depurative, and remineralizing. Nettle promotes pancreatic secretion, gastric, biliary and intestinal secretions, it helps in the expectoration of pulmonary mucus, it reduces uric acid and brings tone and vigor to the body, it provides effective help in menopausal disorders, diabetes, sciatica, edema, leucorrhea, and urticaria.
The reputation of stinging nettle for benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is established by many scientists and the German Commission E, in fact it reduces prostate urination disorders and allows better renal elimination .
Stinging nettle is also recommended in the treatment of rheumatism and more specifically pain and inflammatory conditions, it is highly prized in Germany for its medicinal qualities on gout and rheumatism and for joint remineralization.
Nettle also provides aesthetic care, it is effective against acne, eczema, hair loss, and their regrowth as well as in the treatment of oily roots, dandruff, and hair dull and split ends, and brittle nails.
Stinging nettle other uses
The stinging nettle has always been hated for the terrible burns it causes, and yet in addition to its therapeutic uses, it is not devoid of interest for food, agricultural use, and industrial use. Nettle leaves are eaten either raw or cooked in gratins and soups. Nettle fibers, which have been used for making rope, tent and backpack, can be used today, but it will be new on the market for the economic and natural aspect of its fiber. And of course it is used in agriculture for the famous nettle manure which repels insects and fertilizes the soil.