Europe and Asia are the native origins of a plant from Urtica genus, more popularly known as Stinging Nettle, and has become available worldwide already. The plant was named as such because of the fine hairs observed on its leaves and stems that release some irritating reactions when it comes in contact with human skin. But the plant has been of huge help for centuries because it was used in herbal medicine, as reported by SF Gate.
Benefits of Nettle Tea
As this plant is used in herbal medicine, practitioners from many centuries ago have enumerated a number of health benefits of stinging nettle tea such as for relieving pain from arthritis, gout, anemia and urinary problems. Moreover, it has been a popular treatment for eczema, sore muscles and irritating insect bites.
Many people have been suffering from several forms of allergy from the simplest sign of itching and sneezing. These patients usually opt for taking over-the-counter prescription antihistamines which has negative side effects like seizures, drowsiness and dry mouth. They should know that nettle leaf tea for relief of allergies has been a great alternative for people with this kind of sensitivity as it has been used in a study conducted at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine. More than half of their participants reported to have lowered allergy symptoms, and the study was reported in Live Strong.
The Nettle Leaf
As stated in an article by the Herb Wisdom, Nettle leaf contains several beneficial compounds that are biologically active meaning it functions greatly in the human body. It includes flavonoids like quercetin that is known to have antioxidant properties that removes free radicals that can damage cellular membranes and DNA. Other components of the Nettle are beta-sitosterol that is good for the heart as it lowers the absorption of dietary fats in the blood stream. These compounds make organic nettle leaf tea benefits more healthy and good for consumers.
Manage Your Facial Skin
Aside from the health benefits mentioned above with regards to drinking nettle tea, it is also famous for reducing, managing and eliminating acne issues. If you are curious about how to make organic nettle tea recipe for acne, then you should know that a lot of women have reported to have more radiant brighter and acne-free skin after drinking nettle tea.
In the recipe, you need get dry leaves or pick some fresh ones (just don’t touch the leaves directly as it could give you stinging sensation) from health food stores, buy some tincture, or pure leaf or root extracts of stinging nettle. Add a teaspoon or two of dried leaves in hot water and wait for 5 to 10 minutes before drinking it. It is advisable to add a few drops if you want to get as much extract from the leaves and root. This recipe was personally used by the blogger from Spa Finder. Just take note that nettle tea is not advisable for pregnant women and do consult your physician if you have other medications.
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