For thousands of years, people around the world have used stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), a perennial flowering plant, to treat a wide variety of health conditions, dating back as far as Ancient Greece.
In Finland, a stinging nettle grows naturally in nitrogen-rich soils. The aboveground parts, such as leaves, have traditionally been used to relieve allergy and other breathing-related symptoms.
High iron content in nettle can help to improve blood circulation and to lower blood pressure.
Folate, which is a group B vitamin, is often hard to find in foods but in abundance in nettle. Folate or its man-made form folic acid is vital for the production and repair of DNA and particularly important for pregnant women and those who are attempting to conceive.
One of the most important health benefits of a stinging nettle is its ability to detoxify the body. A wide range of beneficial nutrients found in stinging nettle gently cleanse the body of toxins. As a diuretic substance, stinging nettle can also ensure that those toxins are being neutralized in the body and then eliminated quickly.
Stinging nettle is also known for its ability to improve the nutrient uptake efficiency in the gut and ensure that the digestive processes run smoothly, thereby preventing the accumulation of dangerous toxins. It also stimulates the lymphatic system, helping the body to remove excess toxins from the kidneys as well.
Other health benefits of a stinging nettle can be its ability to improve metabolic efficiency, boost immune health, improve energy levels, manage menstruation, minimize menopausal symptoms, heal skin conditions, protect kidney and gallbladder health, lower inflammation, increase muscle mass, regulate hormonal activity, prevent diabetes, lower blood pressure, soothe haemorrhoids, and improve respiratory conditions.