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Nettle decoction

The nettle

Nettle is a plant with very controversial characteristics: poisonous and extremely irritating if it comes into contact with the skin, it is however rich in beneficial properties if collected and appropriately used in specific preparations. Its properties have been known for a very long time, thanks to the fact that the nettle grows with great diffusion as a spontaneous vegetation throughout Italy. It is a wild plant that does not require special attention for cultivation and has no particular needs: it adapts to any type of climate and soil. Finding the nettle with such ease has allowed since ancient times to discover its properties and to use it in a varied way for the well-being of man. Herbal medicine still takes nettle in great consideration today, able to provide beneficial effects without particular contraindications and without too many difficulties as regards its finding and its preparation. Among the most common products based on nettle is the decoction, which allows you to make use of this precious plant both by purchasing the preparation and by making it autonomously, starting from the plant itself.

Properties and benefits


Nettle, despite being a plant that may initially appear hostile due to its high irritating power in contact with the skin, turns out to be an extremely useful and completely natural resource: its uses in the herbal and phytotherapeutic field are different and all very effective. The nettle decoction can be used as a drink or for external applications, depending on specific needs. Drunk, the decoction will be an excellent remedy against the feeling of asthenia, but also against rheumatic disorders and bone and muscle pains. The nettle decoction can also be used, however, externally, since after boiling it will no longer be irritating. In this case it is mainly used for problems related to the scalp, in the presence of dandruff or hair loss. Not surprisingly, it is not uncommon to find nettle as the main ingredient in many products dedicated to hair care and in many shampoos of natural origin. If drunk, the nettle decoction can also be a valid diuretic, capable of carrying out a purifying action and counteracting diabetes. Finally, nettle is used in the garden in favor of other plants: the decoction, suitably cooled, can be added to the watering water to protect the plants from parasites, in a totally natural way and with a product that does not involve side effects. or aggressive actions against plants. nettle as the main ingredient in many products dedicated to hair care and in many shampoos of natural origin. If drunk, the nettle decoction can also be a valid diuretic, capable of carrying out a purifying action and counteracting diabetes. Finally, nettle is used in the garden in favor of other plants: the decoction, suitably cooled, can be added to the watering water to protect the plants from parasites, in a totally natural way and with a product that does not involve side effects. or aggressive actions against plants. nettle as the main ingredient in many products dedicated to hair care and in many shampoos of natural origin. If drunk, the nettle decoction can also be a valid diuretic, capable of carrying out a purifying action and counteracting diabetes. Finally, nettle is used in the garden in favor of other plants: the decoction, suitably cooled, can be added to the watering water to protect the plants from parasites, in a totally natural way and with a product that does not involve side effects. or aggressive actions against plants.

Decoction of nettle


Nettle is used, in the phytotherapeutic field, mainly in the form of a decoction: in this form it can be purchased as a single element or mixed together with other natural elements of similar function, for greater effectiveness and for specific remedies. The decoction can also be prepared independently: in this case it will be necessary to be careful not to touch the nettle leaves with unprotected hands when the irritating action can still cause considerable discomfort. To avoid the irritating effect, it will be sufficient to dry the leaves for a couple of days before using them. The preparation of the decoction involves boiling the richest parts of active ingredients, i.e. the leaves and more generally the areas of the plant, in such a way that all the precious substances beneficial for the organism can be transferred to the water which will then be suitably filtered and drunk. Its not too intense and thirst-quenching flavor makes thedecoction of nettle can be consumed both hot and fresh, in the summer months. The applications on the skin will instead take place strictly when the product has cooled, to avoid further irritating the scalp.

Nettle decoction: Use and contraindications


The decoction of nettleit can be used by anyone who does not have an excessive sensitivity to the plant, as long as the preparation is made with the actually non-harmful parts of the plant: the seeds, for example, must not be used and their presence must not be found inside the decoction . Furthermore, before preparing the decoction, it is important to allow the leaves during the drying phase the necessary time to free themselves from histamine, acetylcholine and formic acid, which are the irritating substances. Usually, one or at most two days are enough to eliminate all traces. Otherwise, if you prepare the decoction too early, these substances would transfer into the preparation, giving it an irritating character. Nettle is a plant that, once free of these irritants, it can also be used in the kitchen. In any case, due to its diuretic properties, its consumption by people suffering from heart diseases or who are in any case at risk is not recommended. The intake is also not recommended in case of edema and, for greater safety, it should in any case be regulated by the doctor, especially for prolonged periods.

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