Most of us are introduced to the nettle leaf as children, and we never get over it! Ouch!
Stinging nettles hurt, a lot, especially when you’re a kid running around having fun and it feels like Earth bit you. But you may not believe this but the nettle leaf never wanted to hurt you. In fact, it’s the opposite. The largely misunderstood and under-utilized nettle leaf is a powerful herb to consider with pain, injuries and adrenal support and so much more.
Because it’s so effective the nettle leaf is part of a regime of healthy immunity building I’ve been giving to people free since the outbreak of this Covid-19 pandemic. By building our health holistically, we stand a far better chance of staying well (or recovering faster) as this disease continues to spread. (Get your copy for free, now, by simply clicking here.)
Let’s mend fences and see if we can learn to appreciate — and benefit from — the nettle leaf.
Nettle leaf’s healing powers
The technical term for why the nettle leaf is so medicinal is that it is an adaptogen that supports our bodies under stress (which seems kind of important now, right?). Adaptogens have the ability to adapt to our specific needs, which gives the curiously effective healing benefits to physical, chemical, or biological needs.
For example, our adrenal glands and other parts of the endocrine system are overburdened and overworked, especially in times of deep stress. This can lead to low hormone production which the nettle leaf is incredible for supporting. Yes, ladies, this is a go-to for us.
The nettle leaf is also:
- Rich with bone-building and bone protecting herbs like silica (which has more than 40 trace minerals).
- A potent pain reliever that enhances our ability to thrive.
- An anti-radiation food.
- A potent pain reliever for all injuries and chronic inflammatory pain states.
- Helpful for mosquito and other bug bites, scrapes and minor burns. Soak a cloth with nettle leaf tea and apply the tea-soaked cloth to the hurt area.
If that’s not enough benefit, consider drinking a cup of nettle tea before doing meditation. You’ll fund it eases your mind and makes the entire experience more centering.
Yes, but about those stinging nettles?
Right, they hurt. So don’t touch them. But use them!
Stinging nettle hairs contain several chemicals that have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. Stinging nettle could help reduce pain and inflammation in conditions such as arthritis. Other benefits include:
- calms and inflamed gallbladder and inhibits gallstone growth
- helps increase our digestive functions by increasing beneficial HCL
- improves bile function
- reduces pain from a Shingles rash
- enhances liver function
There are many resources out there to teach you how to harvest fresh stinging nettle, like this. But you don’t have to try that hard. You can buy dried leaf, freeze-dried leaf, extract, capsules, tablets, root tincture, juice, or tea. It also comes in the form of an ointment or cream. My favorite resource for nettle leaf tincture (alcohol-free) is found at Vimergy.com or in capsules Gaia herbs.
Try it and by all means, visit my Instagram page and let me know in the comments how it works for you!