Who would have thought that the humble stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is a mighty adaptogenic herb which is superb for supporting women in menopause as well as in periods of significant stress. The stinging nettle has been a staple in herbal medicine since ancient times. In medieval Europe it was used as a diuretic and to treat joint pain. It contains more than 700 undiscovered phytochemicals and is both life-giving and life-lengthening.
In women’s health, the ovaries get a lot of attention for producing the reproductive hormones. So when tests reveal that a woman’s hormone levels are deficient, the tendency is to blame the reproductive system. It is, however, far more likely to be the result of the adrenal glands that share equal responsibility for the production of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in women, being either over-active or under-active.
There is nothing better than our native wild and freely available common weed we call the nettle leaf. It has amazing ability to take care of the adrenal glands and other members of the endocrine system that are over-burdened, overworked and fatigued.
Nettle addresses multiple sources of hormone disruption at once. It will enhance egg production by supporting the follicle stimulating hormone that is integral to producing an ovum. It will also rid the body of toxic oestrogens that have entered from outside sources such as plastics and pesticides. It also has more than 40 trace minerals in their most bioactive and bioavailable states being high in plant chemicals known as polyphenols. Nettle contains potent antioxidants which fight cancer, protect and build bones, repair cell damage and slow the aging process. It is especially good for urinary tract infections, kidney infections, reproductive cancers, cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer, diabetes, eczema, acne, autoimmune diseases, PCOS, PMS, bloating, swelling, incontinence and irregular menstruation.
It is fabulous for menopause symptoms and helps you to get in touch with your intuition or body wisdom.
Nettle Tea with Ginger & Mint
Makes 3-6 cups
2 Tablespoons nettle leaf
2 tablespoons fresh mint
2 teaspoons grated ginger
Mix all together in a bowl. Boil four cups of water for each serving of tea. Use one teaspoon of the tea blend per one cup of water. Allow to steep for five minutes before drinking.
Source Taken from Anthony William’s book- The Medical Medium