The root and leaves are used medicinally. Also known as "stinging nettle", nettle is an ancient herbal remedy for snakebites, asthma, arthritis, urinary tract inflammation, and excessive menstrual flow. It is an astringent and a diuretic. It is a supporting herb for the condition Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH). Nettle can be used to alleviate anaemia and stimulate blood circulation.
Drinking nettle leaf tea has become popular for treating bladder infections and other inflammations of the lower urinary tract. In addition to promoting the excretion of excess fluids (which helps flush out harmful bacteria) the herb has immune-boosting and anti-inflammatory properties. Nettle should not be used by those with hypertension.
Directions: Combine 1 – 3g of the dried herb with a cup of boiling water and infuse for 10-15 minutes.
For the treatment of BPH, many people use 240mg per day and can be combined effectively with Saw Palmetto.
Warnings: This food is not a sole source of nutrition and should be used in conjunction with a nutritious diet and with an appropriate physical training or exercise program. This food is not suitable for children under the age of 15 or pregnant women. It should only be used under medical or dietetic supervision. Keep out of reach of children.