Nettles (Urtica dioica) are powerhouses in their own right. Not only do they grow actively in a number of different areas, producing thousands of seeds that scatter from the wind and find homes in your backyard, but they’re packed with tons of vitamins and minerals. Because of their high-iron content, they can be good for treating anemia.
They are also high in phenols, which gives them antioxidant properties that can fight off free radicals and aid in anti-aging. Additionally, nettles are high in vitamins A, B, C, D, and K, potassium, magnesium, and Omega-3 acids. For skin, vitamin A may diminish the oiliness of the skin and magnesium may help in the prevention of future breakouts. Stinging nettle extract is also anti-microbial. The list goes on and on.
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This information in our Herbal Reference Guide is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice.