Stinging nettle is my friend!

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  1. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    I recently started using cat's claw. It's been ok, but I've been feeling extra fluey and a few days ago got a killer headache - possibly from whatever beasties being killed off?

    I remembered something about nettle tea for cleansing, so I decided to try it.

    Package said three cups a day. After two cups the headache and fluey feeling were gone! When I looked up the benefits of nettle tea, I was surprised what an awesome plant it is! So I thought I'd share :happy:

    Stinging Nettle

    - blood cleansing, detoxing, alkalizing, chelator of heavy metals
    - remineralizing (iron and calcium), blood vessel dilator
    - anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-allergic (soothes allergic symptoms)
    - immune modulator: inhibits growth of pro-inflammatory cytokines, amongst other things
    - speeds up metabolism

    Apparently stinging nettle also cleanses the soil in which it grows. Pretty awesome little plant!
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  2. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

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  3. Tammy7

    Tammy7 Well-Known Member

    That's great bobby!'s one of the great adaptogens and is on Anthony's top list of essential supplements.
    Did you end up increasing the Cats Claw or are you still at initial dosage?
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  4. Remy

    Remy Administrator

    Nettles are awesome plants!

    The nettle *seed* is also worth looking at, though it is much harder to find in supplement form.

    Bear Medicine Herbals has this to say about the seed:

    Elk Mountain Herbs carries a seed product. The nettle *leaf* supplements are widely available as teas and regular capsule form supplements.
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  5. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    no, I didn't. A killer headache started right after you said it's better to wait a week or two before increasing. So I thought I'd add nettle tea first and see what that would do. Maybe it'll help me with the increase, but I'm gonna wait one more week. Slow and steady is the way to go :penguin:
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  6. Who Me?

    Who Me? Well-Known Member

    I've been looking into Quercetin lately and there are some combined with Nettle.

    Yes @Remy I was reading that different parts of the plant do different things.
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  7. Cort

    Cort Founder of Health Rising and Phoenix Rising Staff Member

    I'm going to try this. I'll report back on how it goes. I guess I can just pick up the tea from a health food store?
  8. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    That's what I did. As long as it's a good quality brand I think it doesn't matter where you buy it (just like with any herbal teas). Health food store is probably your best bet.
  9. Tammy7

    Tammy7 Well-Known Member

    Besides the teas........Gaia nettle leaf capsules is a good supplement. Full spectrum nettle leaf caps, Natures Answer nettle leaf liquid.
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  10. Who Me?

    Who Me? Well-Known Member

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  11. Strike me lucky

    Strike me lucky Well-Known Member

    Nettle is suppose to lower sex hormone binding globulin which increases free testosterone in men?
  12. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    I've had a pretty big patch of chronic urticaria on my back for well over a year now. Tried a few things, especially ointments, but nothing really worked.

    Today I was pleasantly surprised to see that within the patch there are a few spots that have turned back into regular skin! Last time I checked it was right before starting the nettle tea, four days ago. Stinging nettle is supposed to be good for urticaria, so there you go! I'm a bit shocked to see how quickly this worked...
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  13. Tammy7

    Tammy7 Well-Known Member

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  14. Tammy7

    Tammy7 Well-Known Member

    So glad you posted this bobby.............I'm totally going to be getting some nettle leaf for support the next time I increase the Cats Claw and other herbal anti-virals.
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  15. Merry

    Merry Well-Known Member

    Would it be a problem for us that it is a diuretic?
  16. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    @Merry I thought about that too, but I think the mineral contents, especially iron, positively influence blood volume. So I don't think it's a problem.
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  17. Katie

    Katie Active Member

    Going to try it. Does it need to be taken with certain other supplements to boost the effect or take on it's own?
  18. bobby

    bobby Well-Known Member

    @Katie I take cat's claw before every meal and nettle tea after, just so that it's spread out. But I'm just playing it by ear, I have no idea what is recommended tbh
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  19. Seven

    Seven Well-Known Member

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  20. Remy

    Remy Administrator

    This whole vasoconstriction/vasodilation thing is complicated. But it's possible that for some people, POTS is a result of excessive vasodilation caused by histamine produced by mast cells. If that is the case, things like peppermint (menthol) and stinging nettle may actually be helpful because they act as natural antihistamines. However, it might also be risky to find out so I'd suggest discussing it with your appropriate herbalist or other health care provider.

    For me, menthol and nettle have always made me feel better despite having conditions that would suggest vasodilators would be unwise. I might just be an oddity though.
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