Nettle leaves are an ancient remedy used in official and folk medicine. Young fresh leaves are used for food as a source of vitamins and minerals. The prepared raw materials are used to stop bleeding, purify the blood from inflammatory processes and strengthen the immune system.
Stinging nettle and stinging nettle are perennial plants of the nettle family. The difference between these two species is only in places of growth. Stinging nettle grows in the southern regions. In the northern regions, another form of nettle grows - stinging nettle, which differs from the first only in the smaller structure of the leaf and its smaller size. All parts of the plant have healing properties, but nettle leaves are used to a greater extent.
Indications for the use of nettle leaves
Nettle leaves are used:
- to stop various forms of bleeding (uterine, pulmonary, renal, intestinal, with hemorrhoids);
- as a valuable vitamin supplement after illnesses, weakened people;
- as a diuretic and anti-inflammatory agent;
- in the treatment of anemia, an increase in hemoglobin and red blood cells of erythrocytes.
In folk medicine, herbal infusion is used for headaches. The use of nettle contributes to the better functioning of the heart, kidneys, liver, stomach. Nettle infusion treats pulmonary diseases: tuberculosis, pneumonia, bronchitis, asthma, cough. Healing properties are known for diseases such as diabetes mellitus, paralysis, atherosclerosis. Nettle is useful in the treatment of gallstone and nephrolithiasis.
Outwardly, nettle leaves are applied to sore spots with rheumatism. Nettle is used to treat allergies and is used as an effective remedy for hair loss. The analgesic and anti-burn properties of nettle are also known. Nettle helps with inflamed skin, acne, purulent rash, since this herb has blood-purifying properties.
Method of using nettle in treatment
Nettle leaves are used for treatment in various forms. It can be aqueous and alcoholic infusions, liquid extracts, juice, syrups, tablets. As a rule, all these drugs always have instructions for use and description.
The most common is nettle leaf infusion. It is prepared similarly to tea. A full tablespoon of dry nettle leaves is insisted in a glass of boiling water for 1 hour, filtered and drunk on a tablespoon half an hour before meals 3-4 times a day. Shake the infusion before use.
For various bleeding, freshly squeezed nettle juice is useful, which is taken 1-3 teaspoons three times a day with a little water.
With shortness of breath and kidney stones, give ground nettle seeds with water - 2-3 g per dose.
To strengthen hair growth and get rid of dandruff, take one tablespoon of dried leaves, steam them with boiling water. After 20-25 minutes, when the infusion is still warm, it is filtered and the head is moistened after washing, or the infusion is lightly rubbed into the scalp. At the same time, the head is not wiped or dried with a hairdryer, but the hair is allowed to dry so that the beneficial substances are absorbed into the skin.
Contraindications for the use of nettle leaves
Like any medicinal product, nettle leaves should not be used for a long time. Use nettle leaves with caution for people prone to allergies. It is better for pregnant women to consult a doctor. Nettle can increase blood clotting, which must also be taken into account.
Nettle herb price (leaves)
Pharmaceutical companies in Russia produce nettle leaves in crushed form and in filter bags. So, 20 filter bags of 1.5 g, packed in a cardboard box, cost from 50 to 92 rubles. The cost of dried leaves is 50-100 rubles per package of 50 g.