Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Nettles can help fertility

Nettles are a rich source of many trace minerals and they are "famous" for helping fertility of both men and women. When I was at my writers' colony, I got out a lot and harvested fresh nettles and dried them by my woodstove and drink it as a rich tea.

An article from the Idaho Observer says,

Nettles are used to increase fertility in both men and women. Due to its high calcium content, the tea is specific for easing leg cramps and other muscles spasms, and also diminishes pain during and after birth.

It does a lot of other stuff that you can read about here.

Most people need gloves to harvest them, by the way. And only use them before they flower; once they go to seed they are hard on the kidneys. Also, many people consider them to be a weed, so be careful where you get them and make sure they aren't being sprayed with pesticide! You can often also buy nettle seeds and grow your own.

Nettles also helped me get rid of my seasonal allergies. Read here.

5 comments:

Anna&Sophie said...

Interesting info!

bmxmom said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Green Fertility Marie said...

I forgot to add you can also just boila nd eat nettles liek spinach. Thanks for commenting!

Kiva Rose said...

The seeds themselves are an adrenal adaptogen, and can be used to help tonify the endocrine system and reduce the impact of stress on the body.

The fresh plant tincture is also useful as stress reducer and energy normalizer, I like to put a squirt into my Nettle leaf infusion.

Yes, I admit I have a small obsession with Nettles, and if you like, you can read more about the Nettle-Adrenal Adaptogen connection here: http://bearmedicineherbals.com/?p=271

and there's link in the top of the post that will also take you to a bunch of other really good Nettle posts written by various herbalists.

~Kiva Rose
Bear Medicine Herbals

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