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12 Health Benefits of Nettle Leaf Tea

Updated on July 22, 2018
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At age 16 I was a volunteer at a hospital bacteriology lab. I became a chemist for U.S. government. Then I studied health & related fields.

Nettle Leaf, Stinging Nettle Leaves & Nettle Leaf Tea

This article says: "There are 30-45 species of stinging-nettle which is native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America and occupies only the areas of both past and present human residence." In other words, this plant was used a lot by humans.
This article says: "There are 30-45 species of stinging-nettle which is native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America and occupies only the areas of both past and present human residence." In other words, this plant was used a lot by humans. | Source
This is a picture of nettle leaf tea. This is on an article about 15 ways to make your life much nicer. It says that this helps allergies.
This is a picture of nettle leaf tea. This is on an article about 15 ways to make your life much nicer. It says that this helps allergies. | Source

Health Benefits of Nettle

This is about the many health benefits of nettle leaf or stinging-nettle leaf tea. The species of plant is (Latin name) urtica dioica. I have a catalog of organic herbs and their nettle tea says that it is this species.

Wikipedia says about urtica dioica:

Urtica dioica, often called common nettle or stinging nettle (although not all plants of this species sting), is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant, native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa, and North America, and is the best-known member of the nettle genus Urtica.

The species is divided into six subspecies, five of which have many hollow stinging hairs called trichomes on the leaves and stems, which act like hypodermic needles, injecting histamine and other chemicals that produce a stinging sensation when contacted by humans and other animals.[1] The plant has a long history of use as a medicine, as a food source and as a source of fibre.

Wikipedia also says that it is used to help control dandruff and it has a section on medicinal uses. Rudolph Steiner (Austrian philosopher, social reformer, architect, and esotericist) called the Nettle plant 'Heart of the world' because it radiated healing energy to people and the plants around it.

Warning

I am a very detail oriented person and like to be very thorough about anything that I write about. This information comes from University of Maryland Medical Center. Their information is mostly about the benefits but it also has a warning. You can visit this webpage for other precautions with using it. It says:

Because nettle can alter the menstrual cycle and may contribute to miscarriage, pregnant women should not use nettle.

Please note that it is very important that pregnant women get ENOUGH vitamin D to prevent their children from getting autism and type 1 diabetes. See this article, Type 1 Diabetes, Like Autism, is Preventable. It has information from definitive and authoritative sources.

1. Nettle Leaf Tea Reduces Stress and Calms the Nerves

Below is a video by a nutritionist that uses this tea to reduce stress. It is very high in calcium and magnesium and other nutrients that can help with relaxation and deep sleep.

2. Strengthens Immune System

The ability of nettle leaf to strengthen the immune system may be a side effect of lowering stress since stress weakens the immune system. Also the less toxins in a body, the stronger the immune system and nettle has a cleansing effect on the body. It helps the lymphatic system to work better and helps the kidneys to flush out excess waste.

3. Prevents Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease

The reason that nettle leaves have so many benefits may be from its ability to reduce stress since stress is extremely bad for health. People have traumatic events in their life that can have a bad effect on their nerves and their memory. But with psychology, Dianetics/Scientology and other methods they can help people to not be bothered by these traumatic events.

This webpage about Herbal and Other Strategies for the Prevention and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease says that nettle helps prevent Alzheimer's disease since it is a great source of silicon.

4. Improves Hair and Fights Dandruff

The ability of nettle leaves to help hair and skin may be due to its high silicon content. But for hair and skin besides drinking the nettle tea (taking it internally), it can also be applied externally. Clairol uses more than 40 tons of nettles a year as a hair conditioner.

5. Great for Skin, Eczema and Skin Rashes

As far as it helping the skin, the focus is more on applying externally or topically.

6. Helps Relieve Constipation and Elimination of Intestinal Parasites

Nettle is antihelminthic or anthelmintic. That means that it helps the body to get rid of intestinal parasites.

7. Used to Treat Arthritis and Osteoarthritis

The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) webpage mentioned above says that nettle leaves and stem have been used to treat arthritis and osteoarthritis. This webpage about Dr. Christopher's Herbal Legacy says that this may be do to the high amount of boron in nettle leaves. Boron helps the bones to utilize calcium better.

8. Helps Relieve Allergies and Hayfever

Here is a webpage from webmd.com about Stinging Nettles. Besides mentioning that it is good for allergies and hayfever, it also says that it is good for blood purification and hair loss. Blood purification can help the body with many conditions. This is also tied in with cleansing the body of toxins and waste since the blood is a transport vehicle for bringing in nutrients and taking out toxins and waste (like taking out the trash).

9. Nourishes the Endocrine System Glands like the Thyroid Gland

Whenever I see a benefit I make sure to look it up on the internet and sometimes leave a link to it. But this website limits the amount of links that I can leave. But everything that they do is to make a better website and more search engine friendly.

Please note that yoga was designed to stimulate and help nourish the endocrine system glands since they produce hormones and control the aging of the body. I have been doing yoga since age 12.

Here is an article on 23 Celebrities That Do Yoga. It tells how Hillary Clinton has been doing yoga since law school and at that time Bill Clinton would do yoga with her at the yoga classes. Here is an article on Why Yoga Has Become So Popular. It tells about Dr. Oz getting his patients to do yoga.

10. Reduces Inflammation

Webmd says that nettle has ingredients in it that decrease inflammation and UMMC website (mentioned above) says that it decreases the inflammatory chemicals in the body.

11. Nettle Reduces High Blood Pressure

The UMMC website says that because nettle can reduce high blood pressure, it may not be good to consume it if you are taking blood pressure medications since it may make the effects of those drugs stronger.

12. Nettle Leaf Helps the Adrenal Glands

Now this 12th benefit is like cheating since the adrenal glands are part of the endocrine system glands. But under immune system I mention how this herb helps the kidneys to flush out waste. The adrenal glands sit on top of the kidneys and interact with them.

The adrenal glands put adrenaline into the body to make it work better in an emergency situation. But with all the stress of the modern world, the adrenal glands can become overworked. Also this is made worse with the fact that most Americans have problems with sleep. I feel that stress may be the biggest cause of sleeping problems.

Here is an article called Stinging Nettle: Nature’s Supplement. It says:

Accord­ing to the herbal­ist Susun Weed: Sting­ing net­tle (Urtica dioica) builds energy, strength­ens the adren­als, and is said to restore youth­ful flex­i­bil­ity to blood ves­sels. A cup of net­tle infu­sion con­tains 500 mil­ligrams of cal­cium plus gen­er­ous amounts of bone-building mag­ne­sium, potas­sium, sil­i­con, boron, and zinc. It is also an excel­lent source of vit­a­mins A, D, E, and K. For flex­i­ble bones, a healthy heart, thick hair, beau­ti­ful skin, and lots of energy, make friends with sis­ter sting­ing net­tle. [She continues telling how great it is for mothers.]

Net­tles is a won­der­fully relax­ing and nour­ish­ing herb. The nutri­ents in the nettle plant are highly bio-active and sup­port the nour­ish­ment of the blood, lymph, hor­mones and neurotransmitters.

Stressed? Get a stash of THIS herb. This is Melissa Ramos, nutritionist and acupuncturist, talking about nettle leaf tea. She is very entertaining.

How to Make Nettle Tea

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      peachy 

      4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i have seen this leave in my garden. Is it similar to green tea?

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