This herbaceous plant, which we find in this period on uncultivated land from the plain area to the not very high mountain areas, has a well-defined reputation among medicinal plants, being considered a medicine.
Its health benefits are huge, so this plant should not be missing from our table at the beginning of spring. In addition to its well-known healing properties, the consumption of nettles is also recommended for their pleasant taste.
The high iron and chlorophyll content of nettles is highlighted by their green color. In addition, nettles contain important amounts of the following minerals essential for a healthy body: calcium, magnesium, silicon, chromium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus. Of the many vitamins, we only mention the dominant ones: vitamins A, C, D, E, K, riboflavin and thiamine.
These substances of utmost importance for our body give the nettles a tonic effect on the body and activate the physiological processes of blood cell formation ensuring their optimal functioning. Because it tightens the bronchial secretions and favors their elimination, it fights bronchitis and asthma.
For medicinal purposes, both the stems, the leaves, the flowers and the roots of the nettles are successfully used in the treatment of many conditions. Here are some of the conditions on which the consumption of nettles intervenes in a positive and effective way:
- Diabetes – nettle root tea (3 cups / day before meals) is recommended for blood glucose regulation. The minced root is put in water in the evening until morning, then kept on low heat until it boils, boil for another 5 minutes and leave to infuse another 10 minutes.
- Detoxification – the body’s spring detoxification is ensured by a treatment with raw nettle tea: a spoonful of fresh nettles is chopped, minced with 250 ml of water, then left to infuse for 5-10 minutes. It is recommended 3 cups / day, for 2-3 weeks, to keep under control the fatigue we face at the beginning of spring.
- Asthma, allergies, allergic rhinitis – consume 2 glasses of nettle juice / day, before a meal, for one month, nettle having immunoregulatory properties. The juice is obtained from fresh leaves of nettle and water, which are mixed in the blender. These conditions can also be treated with nettle powder, one teaspoon 4 times a day. The powder is obtained from the dried and ground plant.
- Anemia – In case of anemia, or to prevent it, it is recommended to treat with tea, syrup or nettle juice. Nettle tea: a teaspoon of fresh / dried leaves scalded with 250 ml of water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. It consumes 3 cups / day. To prepare the nettle syrup you need a glass jar that you fill, three quarts, with fresh nettle leaves minced and the rest with honey. The mixture is put to macerate, for 30 days . Take 3 teaspoons of syrup / day for one month.
- Rheumatism, arthritis – the nettle has remarkable joint anti-inflammatory effects. A combined infusion of nettle is administered (cold macerated mixed with the usual nettle infusion): one cup 3 times / day, before a meal, for one month.