Nettle the magic herb you forbid to talk about.

Nettle: The magic herb
Nettle: The magic herb

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Herbaceous plant, perennial, common in the Greek countryside. It grows naturally in mountainous places, as long as there is moisture. Its stem reaches a height of 1 meter while its flowers are small and odorless. Nettle the magic herb is covered with glandular hairs that when it comes in contact with the skin cause itching. This is due to a poisonous liquid contained in the fine needles, which, however, are destroyed by boiling or baking. It blooms during the summer (where we collect with gloves).

Nettle: The magic herb


Vitamin A (more than carrot), B1, B2, B3 and B5, K, E, a lot of vitamin C. It is also a good source of calcium, iron, folic acid, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium and zinc and much more. other important trace elements. Its leaves contain formic acid, chlorophyll, serotonin, acetylcholine, glucoquinones, and tannins.The absence of oxalic acid makes it suitable for people suffering from anemia, because without oxalate a larger amount of iron is absorbed. In addition, it has a high content of vitamin C which helps in even better absorption of iron.


  • Antidiabetic.
  • Diuretic. 
  • Dissolves uric acid, is valuable in cystitis, gallstones and night urination.
  • Hemostatic. For bleeding, hemoptysis, uterine bleeding, hematuria, hemophilia, nosebleed.
  • Antianemic, tonic.
  • Laxative.
  • Astringent (eg against hemorrhoids).
  • Dairy.
  • Vasoconstrictor.
  • Antirheumatic. For arthritis, sciatica, chronic rheumatism.
  • Antidiarrheal. For diarrhea, enteritis.
  • Antispasmodic.
  • Aphrodisiac.

Nettle the magic herb

It has astringent, diuretic and tonic properties, controls bleeding, cleanses the body of toxins, increases hemoglobin, stimulates the circulatory system and lowers blood pressure and blood sugar levels. Stimulates the function of the pancreas.

Used internally as an infusion or tincture (drops) for anemia, bleeding, diarrhea, excessive menstruation, hemorrhoids and rheumatism. Breastfeeding women do well to take nettle: it increases milk, strengthens and tones the uterus and all the nutrients are passed on to the baby. Pregnant women can take it from the third month of pregnancy to stimulate the uterus.

It has been found to have antispasmodic action in cases of rheumatism or sciatica. It can also be used to treat acute or chronic nephritis, jaundice, biliary diseases, stomach ulcers, bronchial diseases and chronic diarrhea or constipation.

Nettle the magic herb improves kidney function and is a diuretic and anti-inflammatory agent, in diseases of the kidneys and urinary system and in cases of urinary retention. For kidney and bile stones, urinary retention, nephritis and cystitis. Nettle is especially beneficial for those suffering from kidney failure. Consume a cup of tea or nettle juice every morning after waking up and for 30 days.

Catalyzes uric acid. It is also indicated in diseases of the liver and bile. Also, thanks to its diuretic properties, it helps in weight loss and the fight against cellulite! It also has a high content of serotonin and acetylcholine. These two substances are natural appetite suppressants and help in weight loss.

Has antihistamine action and thus is valuable to those who suffer from allergies. In seasonal allergy (hayfever) we start treatment with nettle three months before the pollen appears for the best results, we drink daily infusion or nettle tincture.

Nettle pesto

Uses of nettle in medicine

Nettle due to its astringent properties can help reduce the swelling of hemorrhoids. Due to its astringent properties it can stop bleeding from minor injuries to the skin. Fresh nettle leaves when placed on the skin and especially in the kidney area causes stinging and burning and affects the deep relaxation from rheumatic pains.

Is used to treat acne, warts and eczema. In acne, nettle can improve the texture of dry and oily skin. It cleanses without removing the natural oils from the skin, thus making the nettle ideal for treating acne. An infusion of nettle or natural products such as nettle soaps helps to deeply cleanse the pores and eliminate germs that contribute to pimples. In eczema, nettle when applied topically either as a decoction or as a pure oil or ointment helps to relieve itching and strengthen the affected area. 

Daily gargling with nettle tea soothes and helps treat mouth and throat infections. Hair Nettle can improve the texture of dry and oily hair. Cleanses without removing natural oils from the skin and hair, making the nettle ideal for treating dandruff. For hair in addition to soap a final rinse with nettle infusion can help clean dry skin and dandruff. Herbalists traditionally believe that nettle can restore the natural color of hair and this is especially interesting for people with gray hair.

Tones the hair and strengthens the hair. Soothes arthritic and rheumatic pains, thanks to the formic acid it contains.

Nettle in your kichen

Nettle the magic herb stimulates the whole body, so it is good to take it for people recovering from illness, as food and as tea. It is the best medicine for anemia, because it contains a lot of iron and the vitamin c that it has ensures the absolute absorption of iron by the body.

Like many other greens, nettle was a nutritious food in times of poverty and war. It does not cost much, it is abundant in the fields and there are many delicious ways to prepare it. The housewives prepare it boiled, with pure virgin olive oil and lemon, use it in pies and Cretan artichokes, add it to the smoked greens or prepare pomade (pesto) with olive oil. Also, in the traditional sponge of Crete, which is essentially the modern omelets with seasonal greens or vegetables.


Nettle soup is delicious! The irritability of the hairs is neutralized with boiling water. Young tender shoots are considered better for consumption. We can eat it boiled with oil and lemon, to make nettle pies but the nettle soup is even more delicious. The vitamins and trace elements are not lost in the soup since we add it just three minutes before the end of cooking.

Nettle can also be consumed as a decoction. By boiling a few dried leaves in water, you have a remedy for colds and coughs, allergic rhinitis, hypertension, arthritis and various diseases of the digestive system.

However, it should be consumed with caution and in consultation with your doctor, because it may interact with the medication you are taking. It should be avoided by women suffering from uterine adenomas or pregnant women and by people who have increased blood clotting and atherosclerosis.

Nettle tea


2 tablespoons food. with crushed preparation is dipped in a glass (200 g) of water, boiled for 1 minute, then the liquid is drained and drunk. Take 2-3 such doses a day, sweetening preferably with honey or sugar.
For external use is prepared in the above way a more concentrated decoction (2-4 tablespoons in 200 g of water) and against rheumatism and neuralgia, for rubbing and poultice can be used alcohol (alcoholic solution of green leaves of Nettle in alcohol) a handful of green leaves in 500 gr. alcohol (40% concentrated), or instead of tsipouro, ouzo or vodka, – soak for 24 hours.
Finally, animals love nettle, we can mix it in the food of dogs, horses, cows and pigs, etc. It strengthens their hair and makes it shiny. Nettle seeds activate the hen to lay eggs.

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