So, you know those weeds growing in abundance at the side of the road that we all have memories of stinging ourselves on as kids? They’re actually pretty amazing and that’s why you’ll find them on the ingredients list for our 4-in-1 conditioner.
The stinging nettle is often overlooked as a pesky side effect of an overgrown garden, but after reading this blog you will start to see them in a new light! When picked and prepared correctly, these common plants hold incredible benefits for your hair and overall health.
How Nettles Benefit Your Hair
If you want naturally gorgeous hair, organic is the way to go. Whether you’re treating yourself to our gorgeous products or you’re braving a spot of nettle DIY, there are loads of ways in which this wonderful plant can benefit your locks.
By applying topically, either using our 4-in-1 conditioner or a homemade tonic, nettles are very effective at treating dandruff and can even prevent hair loss, thanks to their ability to block DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) without any adverse side effects.
Nettles also promote glorious shine and manageability in hair – this is down to the high levels of silica and sulphur.
How Nettles Benefit Your Health
It may be hard to believe, but this common weed is one of those miracle plants that is just so incredibly good for you in a crazy amount of ways.
From protecting your very DNA to treating urinary tract infections, it seems as though there isn’t much that a good old nettle leaf can’t help with!
Regardless as to whether you’re taking nettles in food, tea, capsules or tincture you’re going to get to enjoy some serious health benefits. The nettle leaf is a great source of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, so you can even take it as a general immune booster and preventative measure to keep your overall health in amazing shape.
Here are just a few health benefits nettles have to offer:
- Treating Pain – any sort of inflammation will be reduced with a good dose of nettle leaf tea or tincture.
- PMT & Menopause – if you suffer from pain associated with periods or the menopause, start consuming nettles on a regular basis.
- Pregnancy & Breastfeeding – Nettles are known for helping to ease labour and increase milk production in breastfeeding mothers.
- Remove Toxins – Nettle leaf tea is so high in anti-oxidants that it will actually remove damaging free-radicals and help to protect our DNA. Amazing, right?!
- Endocrine System – If you’ve been guilty of using a few too many chemical beauty products and you’re keen to get your endocrine system back in check, add nettle leaf to your diet.
Fun Facts About Nettles
- Nettles have been used in many cultures for thousands of years as a potent medicine for a vast number of ills. They have been most commonly used as a source of pain relief for ailments such as arthritis and gout, or dried out (to neutralise the sting) and used to treat allergies and asthma.
- Nettles have the ability to stop mould from forming, as well as ward off fungal infections and other diseases. Because of this, adding a couple of nettle leaves to bags of fruit or veg can help to keep it fresher for longer.
- Consuming nettles in a tea or a soup is fantastic for increasing milk production, in both animals and humans! If you’re a breastfeeding mama, be sure to get some of this down you!
- Think again before you ditch this so called weed from your garden! Nettles are butterfly, bee and ladybird friendly and encourage plant pollination.
As with all treatments, don’t assume that just because they’re natural they’re safe for everyone to use. Natural remedies are actually very potent, just as with allopathic medicine, so when using medicinally please discuss with your doctor first.
Nettle leaf has been shown to interfere with blood thinners, so please use with caution if you are already on any medication. Nettles are also a powerful diuretic, so you should drink more water than usual whilst taking and they have also been known to increase blood pressure.