Lack of information and the increasing consumption of biologically incomplete foods create all the conditions for the emergence of the so-called “Diseases of civilization”. The most common disorder of the whole of humanity caused by diet is the lack of iron in the body.
Futuristic forecasts of WHO (World Health Organization) suggest that the major health problems of the future will occurs because:
- Massive use of high-tech processed foods poor in biologically valuable ingredients
- Insufficient physical activity
- Excessive obesity
- Abuse of drugs
- Excessive use of alcohol
- Smoking and the development of substance abuse
- Extended self-medication
Published data in Scandinavia, the UK and United States, shown that about 65 percent of all women who are menstruating, suffer from a lack of iron. Natural remedies which are completely non-toxic, formerly much used in nutrition, today is slowly but for sure coming back into our daily lives as prevention or complementary therapy.
Health benefits of Nettle
Weeds appreciated in folk and in scientific medicine. Recent studies justified centuries old use of nettle, its composition and give recommendation for use in the daily diet. But, as well they confirmed the role of nettle in prevention and phytotherapy.
In phytotherapy are used leafs (Urticae folium) and root (radix Urticae). The leaves are harvested in the spring, when they are young and healthy, and can be used fresh for nettle soup, or dried in a thin layer in the shade in order to preserve their green color for extended use. While the root is collected in autumn, clean off the ground can be dried in the sun or in the dryer for extended use.
In folk medicine nettle is widely used which shows the great trust of the people in its medicinal value. It is used as a remedy against many diseases: fever, cough, jaundice, hemorrhaging from the nose, gonorrhea, hair loss prevention…
Scientific medicine has confirmed many folk beliefs. Its proven presence of chlorophyll (5%), tannins, carotenoids, phytosterols, vitamin C and vitamin K, various organic acids, mucus, wax, mineral salts (Ca, K, Mg, Fe, Zn, Mn, Cu , Co.) …
Who, When and Why Nettle
For healthy teeth and bone, for mineralization during growth, for pregnant women and nursing mothers – to all is necessary presence of calcium in the daily diet. The richness of magnesium prevents symptoms of cerebral, cardiovascular, and visceral nature.
To prevent the occurrence of prostate adenoma and help treatment of acute prostatitis, the best is combination of pollen and nettle, because it provides the required amount of Zn (zinc), whose deficiency leads to disruption. The presence of Mn (manganese) relieves elderly senility and eliminates forgetfulness.
A sufficient amount of vitamin K in the daily diet prevents the occurrence of bleeding, while iron, copper and vitamin C, helps in the process of creating hemoglobin, and Mn (manganese) helps activate iron from depots and its everyday use is the right prevention of anemia.
Nettle is recommended as a supplement in the treatment of many diseases:
Eases discomfort caused by arthritis, it’s recommended in allergic reactions to eggs, strawberries, and is regular complement in treatment of bleeding of different origin. The presence of magnesium and glycogen provide better therapeutic effects in diabetics, while the richness of minerals helps in diseases of the liver and biliary tract.
From all the above mentioned, whether we are healthy and we want to protect ourselves from disease or we want to alleviate the problems already created by disease, certainly we must introduce nettle in our diet on daily basis.
Recipes for nettle home remedies
Anemia, Jaundice, and Bladder Stones
Put 50 g dry nettle leafs in a liter of water and cook for 15 minutes, leave overnight and during the day drink it instead water.
Make a mixture of 10 g dry nettle leafs and 10 g birch, put this mixture in half of a liter of water and cook for 15 minutes. During the day drink it instead water.
Make a 20 g mixture of equal parts of nettle, linden and elderberry. Pour this mixture with half a liter of water, cover and let it come to boil. Drain after an hour and drink it instead water.
Dandruff and Hair Loss
Put 100 g nettle in half of a liter of distilled water and cook on low heat for 20 minutes, then add 25 g chamomile and leave to stand for 8 hours. The drain the liquid and add 200 gr wine vinegar. Massage the root of the hair with this lotion every night, and the results will follow.
For all ages (from birth to old age) daily use of nettles will provide you normal functioning of the organism that will be resistant to infections.