A popular herbal medicine that can be grown right in your home garden!
Stinging Nettle, or Urtica dioica, is a plant that has sharp, small hairs on its leaves that can irritate the skin when contact is made. This is how the term “stinging” was coined! Yet once the leaves are cooked or dried, they can be perfectly safe to ingest for their varying health benefits. They’re known to have an earthy, leafy-green flavor with a bit of a bite.
Health Benefits of Stinging Nettle:
Historically speaking, stinging nettles have been used for centuries as an anti-inflammatory agent. For example, the ancient Egyptians were said to have used stinging nettles to treat arthritis (1). They have also been proven to help regulate blood sugar and promote healthy blood pressure levels (2, 3).
How To Use:
When stinging nettle leaves and flowers are dried, they’re great to steep in teas. They can also be cooked and added to soups, smoothies, and even stir-frys.
Always be sure to check with your physician before deciding to add any natural home-remedies to your diet.