Worth The Sting
You may be hearing more about Nettles at this time of the Coronavirus epidemic. A 2011 mouse study showed that this wonderful herb can inhibit ARDS – Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. And a 2007 study showed it’s effectiveness against SARS-COV in vitro (petri dish). And although human research for COVID-19 is scant, this herb has many other antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. It can be supportive if you suffer from diabetes, cardiovascular disease, hypertension or a host of other chronic illnesses where inflammation is an underlying cause. At this time of the pandemic, Nettle should be part of your family’s coronavirus toolkit.
This is one of the reasons you'll find it as a main ingredient in the Seasonal Support formula of our elderberry syrup.
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) can seem unfriendly – it can sting you if you rub it the wrong way. But lucky for us, this powerful herb is widely available in supplements, tinctures, tonics and herbal concoctions.
Rich in nutrients such as magnesium, calcium, iron, B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D and K, this plant is also a good source of trace minerals. It’s a fantastic source of chlorophyll – the “blood of the plant”. Makes a great addition to anyone struggling with anemia and to fortify women during their menses.
You may have come across this herb in the context of helping with allergy symptoms. It has been shown to improve runny nose, itchy eyes and other allergy-associated unpleasantness. Worth trying as Mother Nature’s antihistamine.
Another place where this herb shines is supporting men with BPH – Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy. Along with its other herbal superhero Saw Palmetto, Nettle has been shown in studies to improve this unpleasant and potentially dangerous condition.
If you are lucky enough to grow Stinging Nettle or live near a patch, pick carefully and include in meals – sauté, use in soups and juice. So much nutrition in every bite!
So keep Stinging Nettle in mind as part of your home herbal apothecary. Make sure to always check with your licensed healthcare provider when using any herbs, especially if pregnant, lactating or on prescription medications. Check with your pediatrician before giving nettle to children.
You can grab our Seasonal Support Elderberry Syrup featuring organic stinging nettles, here