April Herb of the Month- Nettles

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Nettles- Urtica dioica. Add nettles to your spring cleanse program today! Today’s common uses: Nettles is one of the most powerful blood purifying herbs, driving toxins and wastes out of the body by stimulating the kidneys to excrete more water. A daily tea helps hay fever during allergy seasons. Its balanced minerals thicken hair growth and smooth nails.

Traditional Herbal Medicine uses: The Greeks recognized nettle for asthma and spleen support. A medieval remedy called Nettle Beer, made with nettles, dandelion, ginger and cleavers is used today to help ease joint pain. Nettle tea is a traditional spring herb to purify the blood and remove gouty gravel.

Therapeutic parts: leaf, root, stem, seed. To avoid nettles sting, dry or heat the leaves.

Delivery forms: tea, powder, extract, capsules, decoction, fresh juice, poultice, syrup, gargle, compress, wash.

Dark Hair Shine rinse: Combine 1 qt. water, 1 tbsp vinegar to balance pH, 1 tbsp dry rosemary for shine and to stimulate growth, 1 tbsp nettles to nourish scalp with minerals, 1 1/2 teaspoons, dry sage to darken and intensify color.

Common dose: Tincture: 10-15 drops as needed. Juice: 1 teaspoon as needed. Tea: 3 cups daily.

Key compounds: Nettles is very high in chlorophyll, flavonoids, carotenes and vitamin A. Its high iron, magnesium, calcium, boron and beta carotene strengthen the blood and kidneys and enrich the liver. Amazingly, cooked nettle leaves have about the same amount of carotene and vitamin C as spinach or mustard greens.