Nettles(Urtica dioica) is a herbal perennial plant native to Europe, Asia and other regions. It is commonly known as stinging nettles and blossoms mainly in spring. It is well known for its remedial qualities and can be consumed in a variety of ways.
Traditionally it has been used help stop bleeding. It can help with skin irritation and water retention. Adding to a bath routine can help moisturise dry skin. It is rich in chlorophyll, iron, silica, and other nutrients.
Nettle contains protein, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, D, and B complex. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center nettles has generally been used to treat painful muscles and joints, eczema, arthritis, gout, and anaemia. It is also used to treat hay fever. It has antioxidant, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, astringent qualities which help keep free radical in check when used in skincare. Nettles are high in iron and traditionally help with gout and anaemia.
Antibacterial: Nettle can be effective against bacteria and fungi and can fight against acne. It bacteria fighting qualities make it a natural mouthwash preventing plaque and gingivitis.
Anti inflammatory: The astringent property of nettle helps reduce the swelling resulting from shaving, acne and small skin bruises.
Hair stimulator: Nettle is said to stimulate the scalp which in turn may help improve hair growth and reduce dandruff.