Nettle for hair growth

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  When I was a child back in the former communist Czechoslovakia, every summer we had to collect herbs, dry them and bring them back the first day of school. We would usually receive a list of herbs that were to be collected and what weight we should get after drying them out. I usually chose the herb nettle as it was growing in every corner and seemed easy to pick up with protective gloves. These herbs picked up by students would go to the pharmacy to be used to make teas and medicine. It was for a great cause but imagine what our apartments looked like every summer with drying herbs everywhere!

Nettle uses and benefits

Nettle also known as "stinging nettle" has been used as a diuretic since medieval times in Europe. It has also been used to cure snake bites and to treat joint pain.

Today the nettle leaves are used to relieve skin conditions such as eczema, it is also used to treat urinary tract infections and an enlarged prostate. It can also be useful when treating allergies and hay fever, joint pain and osteoarthritis.

Each cup of nettle tea contains vitamins A, B, C, and K, riboflavin and niacin. It is also rich in iron, calcium, potassium, phosporus, zinc, copper and magnesium.

Hair growth

Nettle tea has also been known to promote hair growth, to improve scalp circulation and reduce thinning. It can be used twice a week or every time after you wash your hair as a leave-in treatment. You can either get your nettle in a store in a form of tea or pick it yourself outside. Make it as a regular tea, pouring hot water over it and steeping for about 10 - 15 minutes. When it cools down, rinse your hair with it and massage it to your scalp. You don’t need to rinse with water afterwards, simply leave it in your hair as a leave-in treatment.