Today, we’ll talk about Nettle Leaf’s health benefits.
Nettle leaf is also known as urtica dioica, common nettle, stinging nettle, nettle, or stinger. I may use these variations from time to time in this article so I hope you won’t be confused.
Here are the most amazing and common health benefits of nettle leaf.
1. Nettle Leaf Helps With Inflammation And Pain
According to a published study in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, nettle leaf has natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties.
You can brew nettle leaf into a nettle tea and drink it warm. It can help soothe the pain of bumps and bruises, headaches, pulled muscles, and sore backs.
2. Helps With Your Arthritis Issues
There are phytotherapeutic compounds in nettle leaf that can help you with your gout, joint pain, or osteoarthritis.
You can both drink nettle tea or apply nettle leaf oil extracts to the affected part.
I will definitely benefit from this because I’m constantly suffering from gouty arthritis attacks.
3. Nettle Leaf Detoxifies The Body
The numerous nutrients contained in nettle leaf makes it a potent natural detoxifier for the body. It cleans your body of toxins.
Detoxifying will also help your gut take in more nutrients from the food you eat.
Another great leaf and natural way to detoxify is by consuming sambong leaves. Here is my list of sambong health benefits that you definitely should know more about.
4. Relieves Urinary Tract Infections
Research suggests that nettle leaf also has diuretic and antibacterial properties.
Drinking it as a tea can help remove toxins in the body. This, in a way, is very good against bladder infections, edema or water retention, and urinary tract infections.
5. Nettle Leaf Improves Digestion
The antioxidants contained in nettle leaf have been found to be helpful in reducing different factors that contribute to indigestion. Some of these are constipation, diarrhea, and stomach cramps.
More often than not, indigestion is caused by bacterial imbalances in your gut. Nettle leaf has compounds that can kill intestinal parasites. This improves your gastrointestinal health.
6. Can Help Treat Hypertension
Besides nettle leaf having diuretic properties, it also contains phenolic compounds. These compounds help in the reduction of systolic blood pressure.
There are different studies online showing that nettle leaf can be used to lower blood pressure levels. It basically relaxes your blood vessels and reduces your heart’s contractions to get this effect.
7. Nettle Leaf Promotes A Healthy Heart
The histamine in nettle leaf has anti-inflammatory effects in your body. This can lessen some tension in your arteries and blood vessels.
This assists in having better blood circulation so that oxygen is distributed in your body properly thus lowering your risks of cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes.
8. Helps With Blood Production
It’s said that nettle leaf is rich in iron and vitamin C that helps in the production of red blood cells.
It’s a good natural way of treating anemia and relieving fatigue.
Consuming nettle leaf can also help purify your blood.
9. Nettle Leaf May Help With Blood Sugar Control
Although more research needs to be done, there are already some studies that suggest nettle leaf to be able to mimic the effects of insulin.
10. Helps Reduce Allergies
Nettle leaves can help decrease the effects of rhinitis. It is more effective against allergies caused by food sensitivity.
It can also treat asthma, coughs, hay fever, hives, and sneezing.
11. Nettle Leaf May Help With Prostate Health
Benign prostatic hyperplasia can affect different urinary and sexual aspects of life and many people are suffering from this.
Nettle leaf may be a good natural way of improving your prostate health. It may also be able to increase your body’s testosterone levels.
12. May Treat Acne
You can apply dried nettle leaves in places affected with acne.
There are testimonies online that this was able to cure their acne problems.
13. Nettle Leaf Treats Eczema Indirectly
Another skin issue that nettle leaf can help you is eczema.
Drinking nettle tea will help you reduce your anxiety and stress, and this can help prevent the formation of eczema or developing more.
You can also apply nettle leaf extracts topically on the affected part.
14. May Also Treat Dandruff
Another natural way of treating dandruff is by using nettle leaves.
You can grind the nettle leaves and add some mustard oil or get the juice from the nettle leaves and massage it on your scalp. This should help reduce or even entirely stop your dandruff problems.
15. Nettle Leaf Aids In Hair Growth And Prevention Of Hair Loss
Massaging nettle leaf oil or juice not only helps with your dandruff problems but also prevents hair loss.
People over the years have used nettle leaf to fight hair loss. You can either keep on drinking nettle tea or use its oil extracts and massage it on your scalp.
Nettle leaves can also stimulate hair growth. This is because nettle contains silica and sulfur which are awesome when it comes to growing your hair.
16. Boosts The Immune System And Helps Prevent Flu
There are lots of amazing herbal teas that can help you from getting the flu. One of these is nettle leaf tea.
It is said that the nettle tea can improve your body’s immune system thus giving you a better chance of avoiding flu.
This is because nettle leaf is rich in carotenoids, flavonoids, and vitamin C.
17. Nettle Leaf Promotes Feminine Health
Drinking nettle tea can help reduce menstrual pain caused by cramping and bloating.
Its astringent properties can also reduce the blood flow during menstruation.
18. Makes The Bones Stronger
Have you heard of boron? It’s a chemical element that helps maintain calcium in your bones. And nettle leaf is a good source of boron.
Consuming nettle leaf indirectly helps keep your bones strong and healthy.
19. Nettle Leaf Packs A Ton Of Nutrients
There are a lot of health benefits of nettle leaf already but how does it do it? This is because of the number of nutrients present in nettle leaf. Here are some:
- Vitamins A, Bs, C, and K.
- Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium.
- Linoleic acid, linolenic acid, oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid.
- Essential amino acids.
- Caffeic acid, coumarins, kaempferol, quercetin, and other flavonoids.
- Beta-carotene, lutein, luteoxanthin, and other carotenoids.
There you have it. There are lots of health benefits that you can get from nettle leaf.
In particular, I like it that it can help me with my gouty arthritis. Both for its pain relief as well as its anti-inflammatory properties.
If you’re unfamiliar or will be trying to use nettle leaf for the first time, it is best to consult your medical professional first.
I didn’t notice any severe side effects of consuming nettle leaf but you should always be on the safe side whenever you do something that will affect your health.
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