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What are nettles?

Nettle or stinging nettle, as they are most commonly referred to due to their stinging nature is a herbaceous flowering plant, which grows wild around the world, they have been used for centuries for both their medicinal purposes and as food.

What can nettles be used for?

Nettles are used for a variety of health conditions owing to its therapeutic benefits and can be taken orally in dietary supplements. Nettles can be used to treat a number of human ailments, typically these include:

  • Hay fever – Nettles have long been used to treat common allergies, especially hayfever, this is owing to nettle’s capability to reduce the amount of histamine the body creates in response to the allergen. 
  • Pain relief - nettles may help relieve muscle and joint pain
  • Aiding Digestion - Nettles are said to help clear problems respiratory tract such as feelings of nausea, celiac, acid reflux and excessive gases 
  • Arthritis – nettles can be an effective therapy to relieve the pain of arthritis
  • Anaemia – nettles may be beneficial as they are good for fighting anaemia due to its high levels of iron, in addition to helping with fatigue. 
  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) - nettles may also be helpful in reducing PMS symptoms, and in reducing the amount of blood lost through menstrual flow
  • Anti-Inflammatory – it is said nettles can help as they contains ingredients that might decrease inflammation
  • Osteoarthritis – nettles can be an effective therapy to relieve the pain of arthritis
  • Nail care - nettles can also help to encourage the growth of healthy nails 
  • Skin conditions - nettles can help treat numerous skin complaints when applied topically, such as eczema, acne and other skin inflammations.
  • Gout – nettles can be effective in relieving those suffering from an excessive amount of uric acid in their bodies, especially around joints.

Nettles are most commonly available in tablet, capsules and in liquid form, for a range of nettle products and supplements be sure to browse The Health Bay.

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