Although nettle plant is modest, inconspicuous and often overlooked, has many positive effects on our body. Do you suffer from cough? .. insomnia? .. skin problems? .. try nettle ..
Lamium album is one inexpensive herbs that can be found here in a very rampant. It grows on hillsides, in ditches, at Tours, at the edge of forests, meadows .. literally like weeds. It blooms from spring to late summer, the number of white flowers attract insects létavého which one sucks contained richly sweet nectar.
Collection and drying nettles
For therapeutic purposes collect white tubular flowers, leaves sometimes all flowering plants, which actually used mainly for external application.
Collection of flowers nettle requires patience, because its sesychací ratio is really great. Now collect flowers or other solid container so that nepomačkaly and nezapařily. I proceed cautiously when drying, too neobracíme flowers, sushi is a very thin layer in a well-ventilated room. Once the drug is poor handling and drying Browns, loses effect, dried flowers should be light to light ocher color. Are stored in the closed container away from light.
Healing effects of nettle for internal usage
Dried flower nettle is often added to herbal mixtures to treat r espiračních diseases such as cough, bronchitis, colds, flu and sore throat. It has anti-inflammatory properties, helps to dissolve mucus established and facilitates expectoration. For the treatment of these diseases is advisable to mix nettle flower blossoms such as mullein, elderberry and Coltsfoot , a seed fennel and below.
Anti-inflammatory effect of nettle is also used to treat inflammation of the urinary tract, kidney and prostate disease.
Nettle tea from the flowers has a calming effect, it is recommended for anxiety and insomnia, or agitation in women during menstruation and menopause. Nettle can also be added to herbal mixtures to detoxify the body and purify the blood, has a slightly diuretic effect and a positive effect on digestion.
Hluchavkový tea has a very pleasant taste and aroma and is suitable for children who otherwise often refuse to herbal teas. There are no known common side effects of nettle infusion for internal use, in general, it is recommended not to take him too long.
Nettle and treating our skin
For external application can be used alone as dried flower and dried leaves from the whole flowering plants. Of dried drug infusion or decoction prepared, suitable as a bath or tiles. You should apply to non-healing wounds and festering even minor skin injuries. Her stahujícího effect is sometimes also used for the treatment of acne and eczema mokvavého, preferably as a compress or wash the affected areas, in the case of eczema is not suitable consultation with a physician.
Sitz baths hemorrhoids cures, and are suitable for women suffering from fungal problems (see recipe below).
Similar effects as white nettle has spotted dead nettle (dark pink flowers) and silvered Galeobdolon Plants (yellow flowers), but most are not collected for medicinal purposes.
Recipe for tea / nettle infusion of the flowers:
1 heaping teaspoon dried drugs pour 250 ml of boiling water, let stand for 5-10 minutes and strain, drink 2 to 3 times a day during illness and difficulties
Recipe for pickle / bath herb nettle:
20-30 whole dried nettle plants pour 3 liters of boiling water, let stand for 10 minutes, strain and pour into (sitting) bath and leave 10-15 min work
the sources: Encyclopedia of herbs and spices
The author Hluchavka cough for restful sleep: Michaela Vorlová