6 Evidence-Based Benefits of Stinging Nettle

Stinging Nettle Tea Benefits:

1) Increase Testosterone Levels:

Testosterone levels are related with the amount of testosterone produced in your body. When you consume stinging nettle, it increases the production of testosterone in your body. You can increase the level of testosterone naturally when you exercise regularly or take supplements such as DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone).

2) Improve Mood:

Stinging nettle tea helps you to improve your mood. It improves your mood because it reduces stress hormones which are known to cause depression. Stress is one of the major causes of depression. Also, it decreases blood pressure and heart rate, so it may reduce anxiety and improve concentration. These are some of the possible reasons why drinking stinging nettle tea may benefit your mental health.

3) Reduce Anxiety:

Stinging nettle tea contains many of the same compounds found in marijuana. Some of these compounds include tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabinodiol (CDB). THC and CBD have been shown to have anti-anxiety effects. CBN has been shown to decrease anxiety. CDB has been studied for its potential anti-depressant properties.

Stinging nettle can also help increase attention span. It has been traditionally used for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

4) Regulate Menstrual Cycle:

Some women use stinging nettle tea as a treatment for painful periods. It is thought to be safer and more effective than other pharmaceutical drugs such as Ibuprofen. Shinging Nettle contains chemicals that act on the uterus. It helps to reduce muscle contractions of the uterus. This can help stop cramps and pain from periods.

5) Prevent Hair Loss:

Nettle root has been traditionally used to prevent hair loss. It contains nutrients such as iron, B vitamins, and folic acid that may help hair growth. Drinking stinging nettle root tea on a regular basis (or applying externally) may help reduce hair loss and promote hair growth.

6) Treat Urinary Tract Infections:

Stinging nettle root has been traditionally used to treat urinary tract infections (UTI). More research is needed in this area, but stinging nettle root may help treat bacterial infections.

7) Prevent Kidney Stones:

Stinging nettle root may help prevent the formation of kidney stones. It may help treat existing kidney stones too. Drinking stinging nettle root tea on a regular basis (or applying externally) may help reduce the pain caused by kidney stones.

Stinging Nettle Skin Benefits:

Stinging nettle root can also be used to improve your skin. It contains nutrients such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium that may benefit your health. It may help treat dermatitis, skin rashes, and other skin conditions. It may help prevent acne and reduce oily skin. It may also help treat psoriasis.

Side Effects of Stinging Nettle:

Consumption of stinging nettle can be beneficial to your health, but you may experience some side effects such as:

Allergy: People who are allergic to stinging nettle will experience itching, swelling and hives on the skin upon contact.

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