Hi there, dear friends 😀
Stinging nettles or urtica dioica has a long medicinal history. In medieval Europe, it was commonly used as a diuretic to remove excess water from the body and to treat joint pains.
Lately, I have been experiencing allergic rhinitis (sinus problems, hay fever) more frequently and although taking Black Garlic has helped to dry up my sinus somewhat, I still get bouts of sneezing and runny nose throughout the day. I am beginning to think that I may be getting allergic to my cat’s dander as I am getting older – because I tend to sneeze more whenever she is in the room with me nowadays! Lol!
As I am typing this, I am on Zyrtec, a non-drowsy antihistamine but although I am not drowsy, the medication is causing me to be foggy brained and I cannot carry out my daily activities as normal. So, I decided to look on the Internet for a natural herbal remedy that is good for allergies and works well as an antihistamine… and I found out that nettles is the answer.
Luckily, I have some organic dried nettles which I had ordered online from iherb 2 years ago when I wanted to take it for energy. However, I didn’t quite like its taste – it is a little fishy and salt has been recommended instead of sugar to improve its taste – so, I had stopped taking it. Also, I stopped drinking nettles infusion to try out Diatomaceous Earth (DE).
But after doing some research and finding so many wonderful health benefits of nettles, I have decided to just chug down the nettles infusion while pinching my nose and ignore its fishy taste! Lol!
What is an infusion? It is different from a tea.
A nettles infusion is made by steeping half a cup of dried nettles with 1 litre (4 cups) of boiling water, and letting it stand for 4 hours, overnight is best. When cooled, refrigerate the nettles infusion in the fridge and drink it during the day, or over 2 days. It is best to drink it (cold or warm) first thing in the morning, because then it will provide energy for the day.
Because the nettles infusion helps to strengthen the adrenals and kidneys, it gives amazing stamina from within. Results are seen after drinking the infusion daily for 2 to 2 weeks. When our adrenals are working properly, sleep can help to recharge our body at night and we don’t wake up tired, but deservedly refreshed.
The numerous wonderful health benefits of nettles infusion are :-
- provides stamina and energy from within
- shines up the hair
- improves skin tone
- moderates or eliminates most allergies
- keeps blood vessels flexible, veins stronger
- relieves arthritis, sore muscles and joint pains
- good for reduced urine flow and incomplete emptying of bladder
- stops internal and external bleeding
- relieves headaches and eczema
- is anti-inflammatory
- treats anemia
- works as a blood purifier
- helps counter stomach acid
Although I have read that it is safe for children to take, it is best that you consult a doctor first before giving nettles infusion to your children.
People who are on high blood pressure and diabetes medication are advised that taking nettles may cause their blood pressure or blood sugar to go too low.
Pregnant women are not advised to take nettles.
Nettles infusion works the best to bring out the health benefits mentioned above, compared to nettles tea, capsules or pills. Fresh nettles can be made into soups or infusions, too.
I have not seen any nettles plants here in Malaysia and so, if anyone knows where to find or buy any, do let me know.
Wishing you and your family good health always! Health is wealth – that is what everyone is saying today.
With best wishes,