Arthritis Relief and other Health Benefits of Ortiga Leaf
Ortiga Root - Urtiga Dioica L.
Used part: Leaf
The Ortiga, also known as nettle, is a medicinal plant also popularly known as urtigão, nettle, nettle or ortigão. Belonging to the Urticaceae family, the plant is quite frequent in temperate regions, produces small light-colored flowers and has heart-shaped leaves with serrated edges. The nettle is known to burn those on it, leaving the region irritated and burned. This is caused by an acid that is present in the hairs of the leaves of this plant. Until the beginning of the twentieth century, nettle was used by the textile industry; in modern times, the plant is used in medicine, food and as a source of chlorophyll.
The plant can be used to treat various health problems, such as rheumatism, arthritis, lack of appetite, inflammation of the urinary tract, dandruff, acne, oily skin, alopecia, fatigue, lack of appetite and high blood pressure, among others. Its properties involve its action as an excellent anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, diuretic, analgesic and stimulant of appetite. It’s used parts are the leaves and the roots, that are commonly used for the preparation of teas or tinctures.
Good Herbal Remedy:
- Mycotic skin infections
- Hair loss
- Cold sores
- Skin disorders
- Put 1 tablespoon to a quart of water
- Let it cook for 3 to 4 minutes from the moment it starts to boil
- Remove from heat and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes
- Strain and is ready for use
How to drink:
Take 2 to 3 cups a day
The consumption of nettle should be done according to the doctor's or phytotherapist's guidance, as excessive consumption of nettle can result in skin allergies, which cause a lot of itching and can be quite uncomfortable, and changes in the menstrual cycle in the case of women, and in the case of men.
In addition, nettle should not be consumed if the person has edema caused by heart disease or has impaired kidney function due to the action of this plant on the kidneys. In addition, it is not indicated for pregnant women, as it may induce premature labor or cause abortion.