Detoxify Your Body With Stinging Nettle
Nettle is a prevalent weed found in gardens, which most of the time is ignored due to its stinging property. While avoiding it, you also prevent the detoxifying health benefits it can give. Talking about its history, Roman soldiers used to rub this weed on their arms to combat cold, irritation and inflammation. Now with time, its health benefitting properties has spread across the world and no denying to the fact that it is rich in chemicals and compounds, known to help the body function properly.
Identifying this plant is pretty easy as the nettle leaf has an ovate shape with deeply serrated edges. Although the health benefits are numerous, it is still not considered that way. With its long stinging hairs, it injects chemicals into your skin if, by mistake, you happen to touch it. Also, if it touches, you will feel pain and inflammation in the affected area. Now coming to the topic, let us explain how this useless plant can prove helpful for health.
Benefits of Nettle
Since nettle is full of vitamins C and K, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and iron, etc. you can expect great health benefits out of this stinging plant. Also, it contains antioxidants and amino acids to fight free radicals along with few more benefits, check out here:
Detoxify your body
Nettle is a detoxifier that flushes out harmful chemicals and excess liquids from your body thus giving you a healthy and fresh routine. According to a survey, it has been called a “spring tonic” that means cleansing the body from toxins.
Prevents allergic reactions
Stinging nettle detox tea helps prevent allergic reactions where direct contact with this leaf cause pain and inflammation. Nettle tea diminishes the chances of allergies and stops inflammation of the mucous membrane in the nose.
Boosts blood circulation
Nettle leaf contains a right amount of potassium, helping to reduce tension in your blood vessels and arteries. Plus, this leaf being rich in iron and vitamin C, improves the body absorption. While lowering the risk of heart strokes, nettle also acts as anemia and fatigue reliever.
Dampens arthritis pain
So that you know, nettle tea minimizes inflammation which aids in joint pains as well. To reduce arthritis pain, nettle tea comes for your rescue.
Can you use nettle daily?
Well, using this herb comes with a lot of health benefits and the good news is that you can use it in various ways. Depending on your choice, choose any of these methods and avail the benefits:
Capsule or drops
Seeing the remarkable benefits of nettle, even the doctors recommend using it in your everyday lives. Nettle capsules made with dried leaves are consumed to deal with hay fever. But before you take any dose, make sure to consult your physician to avoid overdosage.
Want to get rid of the rheumatic pain? Take the juice or nettle plant extract, and it will help cure the problem. Plus, to boost skin renewal, nettle extracts have been marked as beneficial.
Grow Nettle in your Garden
Why? Because having your nettle brings in amazing benefits like stopping animals from sitting in your backyard and harvesting nettle whenever you need instead of going out in the market to buy, isn’t it great? Here’s how to grow nettle in your garden or backyard:
- Look for the area with fertile, moist soil in your garden. We recommend growing nettle at a reasonable distance from other plants.
- Sow nettle seeds in rows and keep the moist soil while covering about a ¼ inch of soil. Wait for 14 days to let seeds germinate.
- After 80 to 90 days, the nettle leaves are ready for harvest. Now you can use the leaves to avail above mentioned health benefits. Not to forget, don’t touch the leaves barehanded, wear gloves to avoid getting stung from this stinging plant.
Would you like to make nettle tea?
People usually consume nettle in the form of tea, known to have good effects on the body. Whatever form you take it in, make sure to cook the leaves, or it will sting you. Nettle tea improves skin health, boosts immunity and aids in digestion but how to make stinging nettle tea? Perhaps you might find many recipes, and this one is the simplest. Let’s make it now:
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup nettle leaves
- 1 tbsp. raw honey
- Harvest nettle leaves when you are ready to make tea. Older leaves are sweeter so it is your choice.
- Take a large saucepan with 4 cups of water. Put the leaves and let the water boil and simmer for 15 minutes.
- Pour the water with a strainer to separate the leaves. Throw the leaves and drink the beverage steamy hot. Hold your horses and don’t burn your tongue in excitement. Add honey if you like the tea sweet.
Try Creamy Nettle Soup
Apart from nettle tea, this soup is also loved by many. Want to make? Read the recipe here:
- 4 cups chopped nettle tops
- 100 gm raw butter
- 1 large chopped leak
- 1 litre homemade chicken stock
- 450 gm sliced organic potatoes
- Salt to taste
- Fresh ground pepper
- 150 ml non pasteurized cream
- Take a pan, add butter. Heat it until butter start foaming. Put the chopped leeks and nettle tops. Cook until glossy.
- Add potatoes and chicken stock.
- Simmer for around 35 minutes.
- Strain the soup. Put it back on heat and add seasoning (salt, pepper)
- Add non pasteurized cream. Ready to serve hot.
One last recipe – Earth Shake Smoothie
Last on my list is this luscious smoothie, sure to give your taste buds an exciting bell. Check out:
- 1 large banana
- 1 cup fresh nettle
- 1 apple
- 1 cup kale
- 2 cups coconut water
- ½ avocado
- ¼ mint
- Boil the leaves for 2 minutes. Strain the water like you did in the tea recipe
- Take the leaves, banana, kale, apple, coconut water and avocado. Blend them all in a blender until you get desired consistency
- Ready to serve, the smoothie is all set to be drunk!
While nettle delivers these numerous health benefits to the body, it can cause serious health effects if consumed without the supervision. Unless you are not very sure of its usage and dosage, don’t take it. Check with your doctor in what form nettle is advisable to be safe in all situations.
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