The stinging nettle plant is quite remarkable, and not just because of the memorable sting it leaves you when you come across one on your afternoon hike! For centuries, mankind has cultivated the nettle, including stinging nettle seeds, using various parts of the plant for food and to make medicine to treat a variety of ailments. Read more about stinging nettle seeds here!
The Amazing Stinging Nettle Plant
Today, stinging nettle leaves are commonly used to help support urinary tract function and healthy lactation for nursing mothers. Likewise, the root is hailed for its support of the prostate as well as joint and muscle health. But the benefits of the stinging nettle don’t stop there. Stinging nettle seeds also have some “superpowers” of their own. Here are four surprising uses for stinging nettle seeds.
Potential Benefits of Stinging Nettle Seeds
01. May Support a Healthy Respiratory System – Natural health enthusiasts suggest that stinging nettle seeds can be a potentially effective way to support lung and throat health and promote overall wellness of the respiratory system. Many naturalists believe the seeds work as a natural astringent for the lungs by helping to expel mucus. Stinging Nettle Blend by Herb Pharm, a proprietary liquid extract, can be used up to five times a day to help soothe the respiratory symptoms that may pop up with seasonal changes.
02. May Help Soothe Menstrual Discomfort – It’s often recommended that women use stinging nettle during their monthly menstrual cycle. It is believed to help the body rid itself of toxins by allowing the flushed out liver to process higher levels of estrogen more efficiently. This estrogen tolerance may calm some of the symptoms that often accompany a regular female menstrual cycle.
03. May Support Natural Energy Levels – If you’re trying to kick coffee, or at least cut back on caffeine, stinging nettle seeds could be the answer. When ingested, the seeds are said to have a mild stimulant effect that helps you stay alert and focused during the day. Herbalists credit this energy to the support the seeds give to the adrenal glands. Nettle seeds work as an adaptogen (which is a natural substance that helps the body adapt to stress). They are often recommended to people who live and work in high stress environments and feel constant exhaustion as a result. Nettle seeds are believed to help restore balance to the adrenals, thus promoting energy levels and supporting an overall feeling of well-being.
04. May Support Kidney Function – Nettle seeds not only work as an adaptogen, but also as a trophorestorative (a substance that acts as a nutritive restorative for a particular organ or organ system), which many naturalists believe may have an impact on healthy kidney function. However, if you suffer from a kidney condition and are taking prescribed medication, talk to your doctor first before starting a homeopathic treatment.
How to Use Stinging Nettle Seeds
Stinging nettle seeds can be eaten either as fresh green seeds or dried out and eaten by themselves or as a blend with other foods (it’s a great topping for yogurt). The fresh seeds are much more potent than the dried version, so test them out to your preference. They can also be purchased in capsule form as part of a herbal blend. Try Energy Vitality with Ginseng and Green Tea from Gaia Herbs. Or, if you’re feeling adventurous, try picking and drying the seeds yourself. Here’s some info about how to correctly identify the plant and safely prepare the seeds.
Do you use stinging nettle seeds in your daily routine? We’d love to hear about your experience! Tell us in the comments below.