Nettle Petroleum: More Than Only A Backyard Weed
Nettle commonly grows in backyards and gardens, but did you know that this weed can also have profound benefits for your body? In fact, nettle is a popular herbal medicine in many parts of the world. Hereas one way to reap its benefits: Use nettle petroleum. Discover the uses of this lesser-known but equally versatile herbal oil.
What Is Nettle Oil ?
Nettle oil or nettle extract comes from Urtica dioica, a creeping, fibrous perennial plant from the Urticaceae plant family. 1 Nettle, also known as hemp nettle, white nettle or devilas leaf, is native to Eurasia, but now grows wild across the U.S. and other parts of the globe. It can be found in temperate regions, from Japan to the Andes Mountains. 2
Nettle can be identified by its sneaking yellow roots, small green flowers, and ovate, pointed and toothed foliages that are covered with bristly stinging hair that they are able penetrate the skin upon contact a hence, itas more popular moniker, astinging nettle.a In fact, the common name anettlea actually comes from the Anglo-Saxon word anoedl, a which means aneedle.a Its hairy, erect, single stems grow in clusters, dedicating it a bushy appearance. The plant can grow as tall as 4 feet( 1.2 meters ). 3
Nettle has a long history of use as food and medicine. Its fibers are even said to have been used to induce cloth. 4 However, donat be so quick to touch it a the fine hairs all over the plant release formic acid, histamine and acetylcholine, chemicals that can cause ache and irritation when they come in contact with the scalp. 5
But hereas whatas unique about this plant: If the hairs come in linked with a part of your body thatas in pain, the original pain can decrease. Itas said to be so effective that itas the primary material being implemented in the process of urtication: intentionally stinging the skin with nettles. 6
According to an article published by PennState Hershey, scientists believe this is because nettle can minimise your bodyas levels of inflammatory chemicals. It can also interfere with the route pain is transmitted in your body. 7 A 2013 examine published in Phytomedicine found that nettle extract may be even more effective than traditional tinctures in easing inflammatory disorders. 8P TAGEND
Nettle oil is usually extracted from the foliages and stems of the plant. Nettle oil is commonly added to many personal care products, such as soap and hair conditioner. It can also be taken in capsule form. 9
Uses of Nettle Oil
According to Mother Earth News, nettle has been used for over 2,000 years to stop all kinds of internal and external bleeding. Many healers also considered it a good blood purifier. Nettle can be taken as a tea, to assist clear mucus congestion, skin irritation, diarrhea and water retention. 10 On the other hand, you can use nettle oil by 😛 TAGEND
aC/ Adding it to your shampoo and other hair products: Nettle oil not only promotes healthy hair growth, but can also help scalp conditions like psoriasis and dandruff. Massage it onto your hair and wrap a towel around your head. Leave the oil on your scalp overnight and then rinse out the next day. 11
aC/ Mixing it with a safe carrier oil and massaging it on your scalp: According to Stylecraze, topical be applied in nettle oil may help ease insect bites, eczema and chickenpox. 12
aC/ Taking it in capsule form: Nettle oil, when taken orally, may work as a diuretic. 13 It can also help ease prostate issues, 14 gout and allergic rhinitis.
Composition of Nettle Oil
Some of the major components may be in nettle include thymol, carvacrol, cymene, anisole, terpene, phenylpropene derivatives and eucalyptol. 16 The leaves, which are commonly used to build nettle petroleum infusion, contain provitamin A, vitamins B1 and K, sistosterin and xanthophylls. 17
Benefits of Nettle Oil
Stinging nettle is a useful herbal redres, and is considered one of natureas best nutraceuticals because it contains protein, fiber, and vitamins and minerals, building it an ideal all-around tonic. 18,19 It also has anti-inflammatory, anti-asthmatic, antirheumatic, anticonvulsant, antihistamine, hypotensive and anti-anaphylactic properties. 20 These beneficial effects can be passed on to the essential oil as well.
People who suffer from inflammation-related disorders like rheumatism, arthritis and osteoporosis can benefit from nettle petroleum. 21 It has also indicated promise in helping skin abrasions and burns to heal. 22
How to Construct Nettle Oil Infusion
If you want to reap the benefits of nettle petroleum, you can make a simple nettle petroleum infusion at home. Hereas a step-by-step procedure: 23
1. Harvest fresh nettle leaves and stems( make sure youare wearing protective gloves to avoid being stung) and pack them in a large glass container.
2. Immerse the leaves and stems entirely with olive oil.
3. Cover with a eyelid tightly and leave on a sunny windowsill for two to three weeks. Make sure you stir it daily.
4. Strain the mixture through a cheesecloth. Store in a dark glass container, in a cool place away from sunlight.
How Does Nettle Oil Work ?
Nettle and nettle petroleum contain biologically active compounds that suppress inflammation, which may be responsible for its many healing properties. 24 When taken orally, products or extracts made from nettleas aerial components may also help interfere with the bodyas production of prostaglandin, as well as other inflammation-causing chemicals. 25 Please remember to consult a qualified physician prior to using nettle or nettle oil, especially when taking it orally.
Is Nettle Oil Safe ?
Yes, it is. However, if you suffer from any allergy or sensitivity to nettle or plants in the same family, itas better if you avoid utilizing nettle petroleum, whether topically or orally. 26 It is also advisable to avoid using nettle oil at full strength, and instead to dilute it in a safe carrier oil, such as olive oil or coconut oil.
To ensure that you will not experience any allergic reaction to nettle petroleum, do a skin patch test before using the petroleum. Itas pretty basic: Only apply a drop of nettle petroleum on your limb. If any itchiness or reaction results, avoid employing the petroleum. I do not recommend it for pregnant women and breastfeeding moms, as there are no studies that guarantee its safety for these conditions.
Side Effect of Nettle Oil
Stinging nettle and its essential petroleum( when ingested) may result in mild side effects, such as rashes, stomach upset and liquid retention. It may also interact with sedatives and medications for blood clotting, diabetes and high blood pressure, so consult your health care practitioner before using it, 27 especially if youare suffering from any type of ailment.
Sources and Reference
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2, 3, 23 Encyclopedia.com, Nettle
4 Daily Mail, March 14, 2017
5 Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Urtica dioica( stinging nettle)
6 Pain Med. 2008 Oct; 9( 7 ): 963 -5
7 PennState Hershey, Stinging Nettle
8 Phytomedicine. 2013 Jan 15; 20( 2 ): 143 -7
9 WiseGeek, What Is Nettle Oil?
10 Mother Earth News, March-April 1981
11 Superherbs: The Best Adaptogens to Reduce Stress and Improve Health, Beauty and Wellness, 2017
12 Stylecraze, September 19, 2017
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18 The Earthwise Herbal, Volume I: A Complete Guide to Old World Medicinal Plants, 2011
19 The Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals, and Supplements, 2014
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22 World J Plast Surg. 2015 Jan; 4( 1 ): 23 a28
25 A Clinical Guide to Blending Liquid Herbs E-Book: Herbal Formulations for the “Patients “, 2003
26 WebMD, May 22, 2017
27 WebMD, Stinging Nettle