Nettle is an herbaceous, leafy plant that grows wild in in temperate and tropical regions worldwide. Nettle is very nutrient dense - it contains lots of vitamins and minerals. It also provides the body with phytonutrients that help support natural detoxification and soothe skin irritation. It is used for the health of the skin, prostate, kidneys and urinary system.
Commonly known a stinging nettle, Urtica dioica, and Urtica urens are the main species used. Its latin name ‘Urtica’ itself is related to the Latin verb urere, meaning "to burn," a nod to the stinging hairs many species of nettle possess. Both the root and leaf are used internally; the leaf is also used topically.
Nettle has been used extensively throughout history for a wide range of indications; including as a prophylactic for scurvy, due to its vitamin C content.
The leaf is often used as a commercial source of chlorophyll, the beneficial plant pigment that is used to maintain fresh breath and body detoxification support.
Nutrient Dense Herb
Nettle is known for its nutrient content to support vitality and wellbeing – it has been shown to yield high levels of:
- Vitamins including: vitamins B-Complex, C, K, and carotenoids
- Minerals salts such as iron, calcium, potassium, silicon, manganese and sulphur
- Phytonutrients including, chlorophyll, polyphenols, lignans, sitosterol, and scopaletin
Nettle is often used as ingredient in nutrient formulations, particularly as a natural and rich source of Iron.
Interestingly, the highest concentration of silicon is located in the stinging hairs of the nettle leaf, which are effectively very fine silica glass tubules.
Nettle is taken to support the kidneys in their function to filter toxins out of the blood and maintain healthy fluid balance.
Bladder & Urinary Tract Health
Nettle supports healthy urinary patterns and flow. It helps the body to maintain healthy frequency and comfortable passing of urine.
Nettle is taken to support the body’ natural detoxification processes. It’s tonifying effects on the kidneys and urinary system support the kidneys to filter blood and eliminate toxins in the urine.
Nettle root and leaf extracts support optimal prostate health in men, particularly mature men. This in turn, supports healthy initiation of urination and steady urine flow which is associated with healthy prostate function and normal urination.
Skin & Hair Health
Nettle is used as a topical application for supporting skin health and to promote healthy skin healing. It assists the body’s natural response to common skin allergens. It is a popular ingredient in skincare products that promote soothing, protection and comfort.
It is also included as an ingredient in cosmetic skin and hair products; chosen for it’s high nutrient content, as well as it’s calming and oil balancing qualities.
Please note that Nettle leaf may cause allergic reactions in some susceptible individuals. Consult your health professional if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or taking medications. Discontinue use & seek professional advice if any adverse reaction occurs.