One of the most amazing herbs on the Planet Earth has to be the common weed called stinging nettles. Nettles is one of the rare herbs that has tremendous healing and nurturing benefits for almost every major body system-lymph, glandular, respiratory, skin, hair, urinary and cardiovascular. Supremely rich in chlorophyll, minerals like calcium, iron, sulfur, beta-carotene and silica and vitamins A, C, E and K- all amazing stuff for struggling, dry tresses, and achieving even-toned bright complexion, nettles build and support bones, joints, hair and skin, lungs and connective tissues. Nettle contains highly assimilable iron and protein that offer daily sustenance when weak and exhausted. It helps the body fight a variety of infections by tonifying the lymph, lungs and blood circulation. Nettle helps restore kidney essence and function, and re-energizes depleted adrenal glands. Its a timeless remedy to treat acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Since shiny skin and thick hair our focus for today, I can tell that this is the herb tool number one in your everyday beauty routine. By drinking nettle tea or fresh squeezed nettle juice one kills two birds with one stone:
1) cleansing and removing waste and improving circulation in the body, skin and scalp, it gives your hair follicles a chance at growth while even decreasing the amount of hair shedding.
2) delivering all the minerals and vitamins mentioned above, toning down inflammation responsible for hair loss and breakouts and creating a healthy environment where hair remains full and skin shiny, health and smooth.
Nettle’s astringent and mineral rich properties make it an excellent tonic for the problematic skin, and overall for body, scalp and hair. Consumed regularly, it helps clear up dark circles under the eyes. As the herb is acidic, it promotes shiny hair and prevents from graying. One of the Old Gypsy secrets for luxurious locks is literally stinging your scalp with fresh plants. If this method sounds too wild for you, you can start with a classic simple infusion for internal use:
- Place one heaped tablespoon of dried nettles in a quart mason jar.
- Pour hot, not boiling, spring water over the nettle leaves.
- Close lid on jar and leave overnight.
- Strain out leaves
or making a hair tonic for everyday use for topical application:
- Create a nettle infusion by simmering a handful of either young nettles or 1 oz. of dried nettles in 4 cups of water for at least 2 hours or overnight in a crock-pot on a low heat. Strain out nettles and add:
- 1/4 cup vinegar
- 3 drops rosemary oil
- Bottle in a dark colored glass bottle or jar and keep in the refrigerator between uses.
- To use, saturate the scalp with the infusion every other night or pour the tonic on wet hair after shampooing. Rub in well. Do not rinse out in order to maximize the effect of this nettle hair tonic.
Stay healthy and beautiful!