Many of us know nettle as a pesky weed that will overtake the garden and give you a rash but this plant has some pretty amazing healing attributes. It even nourishes the plants that grow around it. For us humans, it is rich in beta-carotene, iron, potassium, calcium, folic acid, and lycopene. These vitamins and minerals are good for overall health and the chloryphyll content is sure to make your insides happy. It also contains a type of lecithin that inhibits some viruses, including AIDS.
Nettle tea alleviates anemia and stimulates blood circulation. The herb is used by allergy sufferers and research is being done on its benefits in cancer prevention. Nettle root is even proving to be an effective treatment for existing prostate cancer. Nettle leaf is great for those suffering from osteo and rheumatoid arthritis. However it is important to note that is not recommended for those with hypertension.
If vanity is your main motivation… I’ll tell you that nettle is also said to prevent balding, acne, and cellulite. Cheers from my green cup to yours!