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Iconic Health: Stinging Nettles

Spring is finally here. The trees are blooming, the grass is growing and a lot of us are suffering from seasonal allergies. As someone who has studied herbs and their medicinal properties, I knew there had to be something that could help me ease my symptoms, without having to resort to taking a pharmaceutical. One such herb is the amazing Stinging Nettle.

Nettles have many medicinal properties, some of which are listed below.

  • Blood purifier and diuretic.

  • Used for treating allergic rhinitis - hay fever

  • Used for urinary problems and rheumatic problems.

  • Used for anemia, arthritis, food or pollen allergies, head and chest colds, relief of asthma and bronchial cough, and prostratitis.

  • The tea with honey and lemon is used as a stimulant.

  • Increases flow of milk in nursing mothers.

  • Makes an astringent gargle for sore throats and mouthwash for bleeding gums.

  • Tea used as a rinse for dandruff.

Nettles are also really high in protein, vitamins A, C, iron, potassium, manganese and calcium. They are also very high in chlorophyl. They literally strengthen and support the whole body!

I like to drink nettle tea in the spring. It has a cool, dry, slightly bitter flavor, similar to green tea. It is very soothing to the mind and body. Relaxing yet invigorating. It is a powerful blood strengthener and detoxifier. For allergies, consider taking nettles in a capsule form. You can find both the tea and the capsules at your local health food store or at Whole Foods.

Yours in health,

Renee Koczkodan

Certified Holistic Health Coach

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