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Nettles (Urtica dioica)
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.

Medicinal Use: Anemia, detoxification, rashes, arthritis, prostate enlargement, hay fever, brittle hair, edema

Parts Used: Leaves and root

Form Used: Tincture, capsule, salves, tea

Potential Side Effects: None known

Comments: Very nutritive, very high in minerals. The root is used for the prostate and the leaves used for all other conditions.

Interesting herbal facts:

  • The Latin name for goldenseal, Hydrastis canadensis, means "a Canadian plant that accomplishes water." This refers to goldenseal's beneficial effect on the flow of mucus.
  • Passionflower-The name "passionflower" is believed to come from its beautiful flowers, which are thought to represent the Passion of Christ, the story of the Crucifixion. The flowers look like a cross.
  • An old-time remedy for sleeplessness in children is to stuff the pillow with hops before bedtime.
  • Studies have shown that ginger is one of the most effective treatments for nausea and vomiting after surgery.
  • Ginkgo biloba is the world's oldest living tree species. Fossil records date back more than 200 million years. The tree can live as long as 1,000 years. Medicinal use of ginkgo dates back to its use in Chinese herbal medicine 3,500 years ago.
  • Garlic not only reduces "bad cholesterol" while increasing "good cholesterol," but regular use is also associated with a lower risk of stomach and colon cancer.
  • Cranberry prevents bladder infections by stopping E. coli (the most common bacteria involved in bladder infections) from adhering to the bladder wall.
  • Chamomile is a very popular medicine in Germany. In 1987, it was named "plant of the year." They, of course, use German chamomile, not Roman chamomile.
  • According to Rudolph Weiss, M.D., the bitter taste of gentian root persists even in a dilution of 1:20,000! Gentian can help increase the appetite in people who are weak and have lost their desire for food. It does not increase food cravings in people with a normal healthy appetite.
  • Horehound has been used as an herbal cough expectorant for over 2,000 years.
  • Hawthorn berry improves the contractions of the heart muscle and improves blood flow through the coronary arteries.
  • Milk thistle has been shown to help protect and regenerate liver cells.
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