To many, this plant is seen as nothing more than a pesky weed, but the nettle plant (Urtica dioica) also known as stinging nettle, is surprisingly more than that - it's a popular herbal remedy with many amazing benefits!
This herbaceous plant, with its fine hairs on both leaves & steam, contains a stinging chemical that causes pain & an itchy irritation when it comes in contact with the skin. However, when its leaves are processed (through drying, freeze-drying, or cooking), the effects of the chemical are lost and the plant can be safely consumed.
So why am I talking about this plant? No, I didn't become a botanist overnight, but, since I found out I was expecting, I've been doing everything within my power to keep up a healthy lifestyle - more specifically, a simple one. I'm not perfect and there are days when I just want a donut, but I try to live by the rule that "success is the sum of small efforts." Pregnant or not, every bit counts.
Nettle tea is a fabulous source of vitamins and minerals, including iron, vitamins A, C and K, and potassium - it's also low in calories and high in fibre. Its an incredible tonic and is said to have more chlorophyll than any other herb.
Nettle is an anti-inflammatory, and great for alleviating allergies and ease symptoms such as sneezing & nasal congestion.This magical plant is also a kidney tonic and diuretic, which is a great natural way to help urinary tract infections and prevent kidney stones.
Rich in iron, nettles conveniently contain those pro-vitamin A, the vitamin B complex, vitamin K1 and vitamin C, which helps the body absorb iron. The normal hemoglobin range is 12.0 to 15.5 g/dl for an adult woman and 13.5 to 17.5 g/dl for adult males. It is very common for pregnant women to become iron deficient during pregnancy, as your body requires almost double the amount of iron in order to make more blood to support your little one. It's common to experience mild anaemia during pregnancy, however, if it is not monitored, it can lead to complications such as premature birth and a low birth weight for your baby. Iron deficiency not only impacts your little one, but can make you feel tired, cause issues regulating body temperature, weaken your immune system, and even increase the chance of infections.
The benefits of nettle don't stop after your little one arrives. Consuming nettle after childbirth is also a wonderful way to increase the supply and richness of breast milk, and the vitamin K can help prevent haemorrhaging after birth.
Pregnant or not, nettle has fantastic benefits that won't go unnoticed. I can't deny the nice boost in energy that nettle has provided me. It's been extremely beneficial during my pregnancy, and I have no doubt that it'll only continue after my little one is here.
Drink up & start living Simpl today!