Herb of the Month: Nettle

Spring has sprung (well kinda!) so I thought there is no better time than now to start spring cleaning! Spring isn’t just about tidying your house and personal items but also about cleansing and cleaning your body… do I hear detox!?!?


The word detox may mean may different thing to you such as a specific pill protocol, a restricted diet or drinking lemon and cayenne water all day! I know a lot of these things seem really daunting but there are some simple botanicals that can be added to your daily regime that show some wonderful detox benefits leaving you feeling better than ever!!!

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Benefits of detoxification:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Boost energy
  • Cleanse the liver
  • Promote healthy digestion + weight loss
  • Promote healthy skin
  • Control cravings + food addictions

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The herb nerd stuff:

  • Latin name: Urtica dioica
    • *Latin name is a universal name of each herb that is recognized worldwide
  • Part used:
    • Leaf, root + seed
  • Constituents:
    • *Constituents are what the plant has that is giving it a medical action
    • Acids (carbonic, caffeic, formic, salicylic, silicic)
    • Amines (acetylcholine, betaine, choline, histamine, serotonin)
    • Nutrients (vitamin A, B, C, K + Ca, P)
    • Tannins 
    • Polysaccharides 
    • Phytosterols (beta-sitosterol)
  • Medicinal actions:
    • *Medical action is the response the body has to the constituent
    • Diuretic — increases production + elimination of urine from the body
    • Detoxifier — increases removal of toxins from the body
    • Anti-hemorrhagic — reduces bleeding in the body
    • Hypoglycemic — increase insulin secretions + glucose uptake into cells
    • Anti-inflammatory — reduces inflammation in the body
  • How it can be taken:
    • Tea — dry or fresh herb steeped in hot water for 10 or 20 mins, respectively
    • Tincture — alcohol extraction of the herb
    • Cooked herb — steamed or sautéed until a soft
  • Caution:
    • Has a very low potential to cause hypersensitivity reaction — start low and go slow! (But don’t worry — the tea blend I provided is safe and delicious ☺️)

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The other players:

  • Peppermint — supportive due to its anti-spasmodic and carminative effects that it has one the digestive system
    • Check out my post about peppermint to see all of the amazing benefits!
  • Dandelion — supportive due to its diuretic + detoxification abilities
    • It is great for stimulating digestion especially of the liver and gall-bladder
  • Lavender — supportive due to its carminative and anti-spasmodic properties to the GI system
    • It is also great for calming the nervous system — just a lovely added bonus when detoxifying ☺️

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Clarity Detox Tea Blend

[servings: 10]

Ingredients 

  • 2 tbsp nettle
  • 1 tbsp dandelion
  • 1 tbsp peppermint
  • 1/2 tbsp lavender

Instructions

  • Blend all the dry herbs together
  • Place in a mason jar or airtight container
  • Take 1tsp in 1.5 C boiling water for 10mins
  • Keep the other servings to enjoy the rest of the week ☕️
  • ENJOY!

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XO

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References:
Hoffman, D. (2003). Medical herbalism: The science and practice of herbal medicine. Rochester, VT. Healing Arts Press.

Marciano, M. & Vizniak, N. (2018). Botanical Medicine. Canada. Professional Health Systems Inc.

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