Stinging nettle is a plant that has hairs on the stem that sting, hence the name stinging nettles. It populates the continents of Europe, Asia, North America, and Africa. European settlers brought it to North America.
Folk cures abound for this plant. In old Europe, people used it to treat rheumatism, the common name for arthritis in those days. They would use it to irritate a person’s skin, which was supposed to give some pain relief. Since one of the chemicals in the nettle is similar to serotonin, it is possible it really relieved pain.
Most people in the United States view stinging nettles as weeds. They have a propensity to grow in areas where human and animal waste has lain, because they like the nitrates in the soil. They also like warm, moist environments, which might explain why they grow in our gardens so easily.
Congestive hear patients will benefit from the diuretic properties of this plant. In fact, studies do prove that is does get rid of water through the kidneys.
People have used stinging nettles as a shampoo ingredient for years. It apparently works well against dandruff, much like pine tar. Some say the herb helps hair glow and look healthy.
Recent studies indicate that this substance may prove beneficial in the treatment of BPH, or enlarged prostate. It works by reducing the enzyme responsible for changing normal testosterone into DHT, the hormone that causes male pattern baldness.
Would you enjoy eating a salad of stinging nettles? While it does not sound very appetizing, the leaves of this stinging plant are actually very nutritious and edible. They have a taste that people say is close to spinach. They contain vitamins and minerals at high levels.
Some European companies are beginning to use this plant to make textiles, like cloth. It is supposed to have a texture similar to cotton. Unlike cotton, this plant does not attract pests and does not need pesticide to thrive.
Since there have been some studies showing effectiveness of this herb in reducing blood levels of DHT, it may be useful in fighting hair loss. It will definitely improve symptoms of an enlarged prostate. Perhaps that is why it can help hair loss.
What I Like
I like the fact that there are definitive studies that show this herb can fight DHT and help an enlarged prostate.
How to Use
Use this product in conjunction with other herbs and vitamins that can help fight hair loss. You can also use shampoos that contain it because it can help control skin conditions. Just make sure to follow the package directions.
I recommend this product because it seems to work and studies are strong in this area. You will need to allow some time to ensure that the product is working.