Nettle (Urtica dioica) or stinging nettle is herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the family Urticaceae. It is native to Europe, Asia, northern Africa and western North America. The plant has many stinging hairs on the leaves and stems which act like needles injecting histamine and other chemicals that create a stinging sensation when touched. From ancient times nettle has been known as a source of food, fiber and as a medicinal herb. Ancient Egyptians used the infusion of nettle for relief of arthritis and lumbago pains. And flogging with fresh nettle called urtification was prescribed to treat chronic rheumatism, lethargy, coma and paralysis.
Nettle is recognized for its nutritional value. It is rich in vitamins C, B2, K1, carotenoids and tocopherols, minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorous, silicium, chlorine, manganese, cooper and iron, as well essential fatty acid – Linolenic (Omega-3) and chlorophyll. Nettle has analgesic, antiinflammatory, antiallergenic, antirheumatic, stimulating, antibacterial and antiviral properties and traditionally is used to treat disorders of kidneys and urinary tract, gastrointestinal tract and cardiovascular system, anemia. Nettle is favourable also for its anti aging properties, healing different skin issues and promoting healthy and strong hair.
Nettle leaf extract benefits for skin and hair:
Nettle leaf extract can be found in Atlantis Skincare Glowing Skin Night Cream and Two Part Face Mask with Clay and Ginseng.
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