Urtica - young leaves

Urtica - young leaves
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Botanical name: Urtica dioica 

Class: Urticaceae

The urtica has long been known as a medicinal plant.

In the middle ages people with rheumatism and jointpain had themselves whipped with it, in hope of improvement.


Ingredients:

  • 1-2% Flavonoids, f.ex. rutin
  • Acid
  • Ätherisches Öl
  • Vitamin C, B and K
  • Steroids
  • Potassium, Calcium, Silic acid

Ingredients of the "hair":

  • Histamin, Serotonin, Acetylcholin, Scopoletin

Ingredients of the roots:
 

  •  plant steroids, like β-Sitosterol.

  •   Lignane, Lectine,  Polysaccharide

 

Used for:

·         Urinary tract infections

·         against dandruff and to promote hair growth

·         menstural pain

·         gout, rheumatism, joint pain

·         spring tiredness

·         mildly antiinflammatory

·         gastrointestal upsets

Collection time:

-> The early harvest of young leaves is best (in Germany beginning in March/April)

Preparation of urtica-tea:

·         8-9 teespoons dried leaves are doused with one litre of boiling water.

·         let stand for 10 minutes, then run through a sieve

·         The tea can be drunk for 4-6 weeks as one course of treatmenr, but not longer than that without a break, because it tends to drain minerals from the body.

 

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