Stinging Nettle, the Miracle Plant. 7+ Ways That Nettle Heals

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Published: 25th June 2015
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In the last few months I've been investigating a diverse assortment of plants to add to your juicing regimen that provide nutritional benefits above and beyond the norm. In the event that you haven't seen our website, Coffee and Juicers, there is a series that I posted recently on foods that enhance brain functionality and that reduce risk of aging diseases like Alzheimers. There is a lot of great information in those posts, so I hope that you'll check them out.

Right now, though, I am excited to share with you about a true miracle worker that you can add to your juicing. It's stinging nettle, and it's a plant that is overflowing with both nutritional and healing benefits.

What Is It?

Stinging nettle is in the "greens" family, i.e., collard greens, mustard greens and so forth. The root and the above-ground portions of the plant both have remedial benefits, and both can be juiced.

Nettle is overflowing with enzymes, vitamins and minerals, and you don't need much to benefit from having it in your diet. It's fine to juice and drink it straight, but probably more enjoyable if you combine it with other fruits and vegetables.

Note: There is another variety of nettle called "white dead nettle", which is a completely different plant. Be sure that you use stinging nettle only when juicing.

The Sting that Cures

Stinging nettle has earned it's moniker. Touch it ungloved and you will find this out for yourself. It has little hairs on the leaves and stems that when touched will deliver some burning and itching. Once it is in your juice, though, stinging nettle won't cause any further irritation.

On the other hand, this irritating side effect of handling stinging nettle also has a therapeutic characteristic to it. Those micro-hairs have several healing agents within them. One is a histamine, that will curb allergies and hay fever, and the other is formic acid, which can help tame inflammation.

How Do I Get Some?

While it's rare to see stinging nettle at the corner grocery store, it does grow abundantly across the United States, with the exception of Hawaii, and Europe. A google search for your area would probably provide you with local places where you could find it growing in the wild.

Alternatively, you could grown and harvest your own nettle. It's an easy plant to grow and has a side benefit of attracting favorable insects into your garden.
But whether you search for nettle in the wild or choose to grow your own, just make sure you wear gloves while handling it until it gets into your juicing machine.

And, if you can't find it in the wild and don't want to grow it, you can probably get nettle at your local farmer's market or at an alternative health food store.

Stinging Nettle's Therapeutic Qualities

True confession time. Nettle has more than 7 amazing therapeutic qualities. However, in my own defense, I did add + to the 7! Hang in there, you'll be awestruck at how much this simple little plant can do for you.

Fundamentally, nettle aids with the ceaseless chemical responses happening all the time within the body. And the use of nettle goes all the way back to ancient Greece, where it was used as a diuretic and laxative.

Nettle is a superstar when it comes to blood cleansing and colon health. This makes it a significant remedial for the treatment of loose bowels, kidney stones and bladder infection. Likewise, nettle is great for iron deficiency, rickets, and deficiency of vitamin D.

Nettle is highly detoxifying and can invigorate the kidneys, the lungs, the liver, the stomach, the intestinal track and the arteries. Thinking of doing a juice cleanse? Nettle would be a great plant to include.

Nettle is pure panacea for the bloodstream, and can be wonderful for exhaustion in persons afflicted with serious diseases like AIDS or cancer. What's more is that it's a solid healing solution for internal bleeding, including uterine bleeding, bowel bleeding and nosebleeds. Research is also showing that nettle can lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Therefore it's a miracle worker for individuals with high blood pressure and diabetes or symptoms of diabetes.

Nettle Can Do Even More

Nettle is probably best known as a topical treatment, and is phenomenal for the skin, hair and nails. If you look, you will see nettle listed as an ingredient on many shampoo, conditioner and skin care packages. It's capabilities as a topical treatment also make it a superb remedy for aching muscles, oily hair and scalp, and hair loss.

Eczema and skin rashes can be treated with nettle, as well as rheumatoid conditions like gout and arthritis. Truth be told, health care professionals recognize it mostly as a soothing agent for it's abilities to reduce inflammation, and as a remedial for the healing of surface wounds and broken bones.

And Finally…

Nettle has a couple of healing attributes that I have not previously seen in my research of other foods for juicing.

For one, there is a particular protein in the blood that binds with hormones which nettle can help to reproduce. What this means for us is that disorders connected to excessive hormone stimulation that is brought about by hormones not bound to blood cells can be treated with nettle. This would include polycystic ovarian syndrome in women or benign prostatic hyperplasia in men.

In addition, stinging nettle can relieve urination problems that arise from enlarged prostrate in men.

Who Should Not Use Nettle

Nettle shouldn't be taken by pregnant women or breastfeeding women. In pregnant women, it can cause the type of uterine contractions that can lead to miscarriage. For breastfeeding women, there is simply not enough known about nettle for use to conclude that it is either healthy or not healthy, so it is safest to not use it at that time.

Foods to Combine With Nettle for Juicing

Nettle is okay by itself for those who are used to drinking straight veggie juice. But if you want a little more flavor and interest, try it with the following foods:

Lime, celery, lemon, banana, apple, orange, cucumber, beetroot, zucchini, carrot and ginger.

In Summary

I know this article went long, but only because stinging nettle is so darned awesome. I wanted to be sure that you got all of the pertinent information because you never know who might need to hear it. The bottom line is that you cannot go wrong by adding nettle to your juicing routine (pregnant/breastfeeding women excepted), so why not? It may even be fun to go out and try to find some to pick in the wild, but just be sure to wear your gloves!

Thanks for stopping by, I also want to invite you to stop by Coffee and Juicers online and say hi. We love to get your feedback, and we also provide juicing machine reviews of the best machines out there to help you cut down on your shopping time. And if you love espresso too, we also provide espresso machine reviews of the best espresso machines available.

Bye for now and happy juicing!

Mel

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