Nettles for Male Vitality
Urtica dioica, commonly referred to as Stinging Nettles or simply Nettle, is a perennial herb native to the moist, shaded forests of Europe and North America. It can be found quite easily at low-to-middle-elevations, thanks to its stinging hairs. The hairs, which contain formic acid, also found in fire ants, are just one aspect of why this plant should be in your medicine cabinet.
Nettles are high in protein, iron, trace minerals, fat and chlorophyll. The high protein content makes it a great choice for vegetarians to eat as a potherb in the spring when the leaflets first are fresh for harvest. Nettle leaf offer surprising benefits to ailments for the 21st century man.
According to recent statistics from the CDC, Gout is primarily indigenous to men. Nettle is great for these conditions and others afflicting men. Dr. John Sherman writes in The Complete Prescriber that it can be used safely and effectively to ease the symptoms of cystitis, impotence, hypoglycemia, and heart conditions.
Specifically, the leaves can be used in extracts internally to ease symptoms of allergies, asthma, gouty arthritis, and edema. It is also used as a classic elixir, rejuvenator, and vitality inducer.
Chronic pain is a common ailment among men. Nettles offer both internal and external support for men who suffer from stubborn aches and pains. Traditionally, the whole plant was harvested for urtication therapy around the affected joint or on the skin nearest to the under functioning or diseased organs. The formic acid in the Nettles stinging hairs is released into the dermis layers of the skin creating a localized soothing effect in the joint or affected organ. The urtication treatment stings for 1-3 days and can offer help for up to 1-week. It helps eases inflammation and stiffness in the joints and has been used for conditions such as arthritis, gout, lumbago, sciatica, joint sprains and strains, and sore muscles. Please note: In Elixir form...Stinging Nettle does not sting.
After a brief survey of the uses for nettle leaf, now you can use it during the winter months to keep you energetic and healthy for the holidays into the spring. It is a safe-and-easy-to-use herb. It is a key addition to your medicine cabinet.
Borrowed from Wish Garden Herbs.