Herbal nervines

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.

 

Are You Stressed Out?

More than 30% of Americans say they are under constant stress. Eight out of ten people say their stress has grown in the last 5 years, citing the economy as the most significant factor. The impact on health is devastating. Research shows that up to 95% of visits to health care professionals are stress-related! Everyone is affected by varying degrees of stress… people who work in polluted areas, people at control desks, people who travel coast to coast, people with boring jobs, and especially people who can’t find a job. Profound stress, like that caused by job loss or the loss of a loved one, takes a serious mental and physical toll.

What are the health effects of chronic stress?

Stress in itself is not a disease, but the more “stressed out” you become, the more vulnerable you are to colds, flu, ulcers, allergies, even heart attacks and high blood pressure. Long term stress invariably leads to severe fatigue from adrenal exhaustion, and can result in depression. Stress shows up in how you look, too.  Blemishes appear around the chin; nails become brittle and peel, hair is dull and lifeless. Stress can even make your hair fall out!

Herbal nervines calm stress reactions, safely.

While drug therapy provides good short-term results in anxiety reduction, it has serious drawbacks like addiction and over- sedation. Antidepressant drugs, besides their side effects, change body chemistry and make you more at risk for panic attacks and abnormal behavior. In contrast, herbal nervines tone, relax and have a strengthening effect on the nervous system. The natural nervine action of herbs like ashwagadha and scullcap (Relax caps) help to reduce symptoms of stress, without causing daytime sleepiness.

Quick tip: Massage therapy once a month, especially cranial sacral therapy is another wonderful stress-relieving choice.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page