Stinging Nettle – Ingredient Spotlight

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Scientific Name: Urtica dioica

Alternative Name: Gulmehndi

Stinging nettle is a plant with pointed leaves that usually reaches a height of 2-4 metres.

The herbaceous shrub is originally from the colder regions of northern Europe and Asia. Nowadays though, it grows all over the world. Stinging nettle grows well in nitrogen-rich soil and blooms between June and September.

It has incredible medicinal properties. This is why nettle was used fas a treatment for lower back pain and arthritis for hundreds of years. Furthermore, ground parts of the plant are considered beneficial for diabetes. This is because it can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Additionally, the stinging nettle possesses astringent properties that aid in tightening the skin. Its nutrient content includes many vitamins that provide a natural glow to the skin. This is why we include stinging nettle in our two skincare products to ensure maximum benefits:

Other Amazing Benefits of Stinging Nettle:

  • Aids in lowering blood pressure
  • Helps control blood sugar levels
  • Can help treat hay fever
  • An effective remedy in treating an enlarged prostate gland
  • Can help reduce bleeding; medicine with nettle extract was found to help with excessive bleeding

Vitamins & Minerals

The plant is rich in the following nutrients:

  • Vitamin K: 498 ug
  • Potassium: 334 mg
  • Calcium: 481 mg
  • Iron: 1.46 mg
  • Phosphorus: 71 mg
  • Manganese: 57 mg
  • Zinc: 0.34 mg

Fun Facts

  • The plant is an excellent way of preserving fish! It helps ensure that the fish will not become smelly and it prevents the bacteria from multiplying.
  • In Dorset, an annual stinging nettle eating contest takes place. Participants from all over the world compete in eating as much of the plant as they possibly can in 30 minutes. The current record is 16.4m (men) and 12.8m (women)!!

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