Stinging nettle

The **Stinging nettle** is a wild plant from the family Urticaceae, characterized for having little stinging hairs that cause skin irritation and a nasty stinging sensation. It has a great nutritional value due his richness in mineral salts, vitamins A and C, iron, salicylic acid and proteins. ###Benefits - Depurative - Antiallergic - Anti-inflammatory - Pain killer (Reduces or removes the pain) - Antianemic (Restores haemoglobin production) - Antigout (Favours the elimination of the uric acid) - Antihistaminic (Reduces or removes the allergic symptoms) - Antirheumatic (Slows down the progression of the disease) - Astringent (Healing properties, anti-inflammatory and antihemorrhagic) - Cholagogue (Facilitates the expulsión of bile through the gallbladder) - Diuretic (Stimulates the elimination of water and sodium from the organism through the urine) - Galactagogue (Stimulates the production of milk in nursing women) - Hemostasis (Stops or slow down bleeding) - Hypoglycemic (Reduces blood glucose) - Uricosuric (Increases the elimination of uric acid in the urine) ###Counter-indication The Stinging nettles must be avoided in case of arterial hypertension or cardiopathies unless it is under medical supervision. Not recommended during pregnancy, for his emmenagogue effects (stimulates menstruation) and may increase the risk of abortion. It is also contraindicated in cases of nephritis, kidney inflammation or renal failure. People with diabetes should be cautious, in large quantities the Stinging nettles can modify the blood sugar level. ###Side effects - The ingestion of the root can produce an upset stomach. - The plant cause skin irritation when is touched, creating a painful burning sensation. ###Collection The Stinging nettles can be found in humid areas, but it also can be grown in gardens. The collection of Stinging nettles for medical purposes is done from early Spring to Autumn. By then his active ingredients are fully developed. Normally the young leaves are collected, the old leaves should be rejected because they are too irritant and toxic for the kidneys.