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Stinging Nettles are more beneficial to health than you might think

Stinging nettles – also known as Urtica dioica – are often avoided due to their prickly nature, but these plants have numerous health benefits that should not be overlooked.

While you have to handle them with care, their medicinal properties have been recognised for centuries and continue to be valued today.

In this edition of Herbs with Barbara, we take a closer look at the humble nettle – and discover a very pretty and useful herb, Summer Savory.  First though – did you know that a Dhalia is much more than a pretty flower?

Barbara with her Dhalia

For many, the Dhalia is a lovely cut flower that you often see in luxury bouquets – but for those in the know, the flowers – and the tubers – can be used to treat a range of skin conditions and could also be beneficial for those suffering with Diabetes.

Next time you are cooking a special Saturday night treat, why not scatter some Dhalia petals as a garnish?  Not only will it take your presentation to the next level – it will bring you health benefits too!

To be fair, the common Nettle can’t compete with the Dhalia in terms of beauty – but they certainly pack a punch when it comes to health benefits:

1. Anti-inflammatory properties:

Stinging nettles contain compounds that have been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. This makes them potentially useful for managing conditions such as arthritis, allergies, and skin conditions like eczema.

2. Allergy Relief:

Nettles can help alleviate allergy symptoms by reducing the production of histamine in the body. Studies have shown that taking stinging nettle supplements may help alleviate symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and congestion associated with seasonal allergies.

3. Nutritional powerhouse:

Stinging nettles are food!  They are rich in vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, iron, magnesium, and calcium. These nutrients are essential for maintaining a healthy immune system, strong bones, and overall well-being.

4. Urinary tract health:

Nettle leaves have diuretic properties which may help stimulate urine flow and promote the elimination of waste products. This makes them potentially beneficial for individuals with urinary tract infections or kidney problems.

5. Joint health:

Some studies suggest that stinging nettles may help relieve joint pain and inflammation associated with conditions like arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties of nettles may help reduce swelling and discomfort.

Summer Savory

 Summer Savory is not just a pretty herb

This attractive-looking herb has a pleasant spicy aroma and a peppery taste.  It’s used in traditional medicine to treat a number of digestive concerns – and is very beneficial in reducing flatuence!

That’s it for this month.  Listen out to MIX 56 the first Thursday of September for the next edition of Herbs With Barbara.  

(audio will be uploaded shortly)

Written by: ian

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