Ortiga ancha, Stinging Nettle
Astringent, anti-haemorrhagic, diuretic, galactagogue, nutritive, tonic.
Formic acid, histamine, serotonin, acetylcholine, 5-Hydroxytryptamine, glucoguinones, chlorophyll, iron, silica, potassium, manganese, sulfur, vitamins A and C, tannins, gallic acid, calcium.
It is very useful for internal hemorrhages and because of its astringent properties, can slow down excessive menstruation. Powdered nettle taken as snuff will stop nosebleeds. It has also been shown to lower blood sugar levels so is useful in mixes for diabetes . The young shoots can be steamed and used like spinach. Nettles take minerals like iron from the soil, which combined with its vitamin C content, is good for anaemia as the vitamin C helps the body to absorb the iron. It is very good for skin conditions especially ones that are itchy or irritated. It helps clear uric acid from the body and so is useful in conditions such as gout and arthritis. Because of the mineral content of nettle, it is a good tonic. It can also be applied externally to painful arthritic joints for relief, as a counter irritant. It is also useful for hair growth and as a hair wash.