Herb Spotlight: Nettle for Allergies & Inflammation

This is a really powerful herb, when used in both herbal medicine and ancient folklore. Did you know that it has been used, when picked in the night, to drive evil spirits from herds of cattle? I mention this because Cowboyfriend didn’t know that either but he chose nettle for me to research this week. After more research I discovered that nettle can relieve common symptoms of allergies, super necessary this windy time of year. Make a soup, have a cup of tea or use it topically; nettle can do it all. Just be aware of the sting.

Breakdown of Nettle

Scientific Name: Urtica dioica [aka: Stinging Nettle, Stingweed]Nettle

Magickal Stats: Elementally Fire, Ruled by Mars

Improves Function Of:

  • Circulatory System
  • Immune System
  • Sinuses
  • Urinary System

Aides in Relieving Symptoms of:

  • Inflammation & Ulcerations of the mucous membrane
  • Allergies; stinging, runny nose & eyes
  • Inflammation, eruptions & rashes of the skin; hives, eczema, psoriasis, chicken pox
  • Arthritis & gout
  • Profuse menstruation

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Protection from the negative
  • Confound enemies
  • Help the sick recover
  • Burn away vampiric & negative energies

How Does It Work? There are many healing aspects of nettle, it’s another cure all sort of herb that every herbie should have on their shelves. The high Vitamin C content makes it a valuable tonic to regeneration the nutrients in the body. A lot of chronic health problems are due to the constantly shrinking mineral content in the food found at the grocery store. This means that even those who are eating healthily will find they are still deficient in some minerals, nettle can help to balance those missing minerals and nutrients. The herb is also found to be heavy in iron and chlorophyll and the iron found in nettles is easier for the body to absorb than other forms.  This is what makes it an ideal blood tonic for those dealing with anemia. Nettles will stimulate the kidneys which also works to purify the blood of toxins and urates.

What Do I Do With It? First off, if you plan to drink or eat nettles know that they are called stinging nettles for a reason. When chewed or applied topically they will produce a stinging feeling that has been referred to as ‘syringes’. Just boil the herbs in hot water for at least 2 minutes to put the kabash on the stinging of the nettles. Make a topical solution to help with arthritis and painful joints, it will give you a rash for a minute but the benefits are worth it. Also, during Springtime, making nettle soup or tonic that can have an antihistamine effect that will help with allergies.

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