Stinging Nettle and its Health Benefits
Nettle (Urtica dioica) is the perennial grass and can grow in Europe, Asia, North Africa and North America for at least two years. This plant is known as Bicchu Ghas, Kandali , Sisud in Uttarakhand State of India. This plant is also frequently grown in forests and by roads and wilderness, while you can cultivate this herb in a garden or a field, like we do on our 350-acre Certified Organic Farm in Brevard. It is famous because it is capable of rapidly growing and spreading to other areas.
You can begin the seedlings indoors and transplant them outdoors in the spring if you start nettle on your own. The harvest period usually starts in the early summer, but Nettle can be harvested throughout the season.
The fact remains that the Nettle plant has "trichomes" on its leaves and stem that act as a nail that injects histamine, formic acid and other chemicals to make it feel stingy. You may have brushed up against Nettle if you have had an experience of walking along a meadow or trail across the wood and found yourself in a sharp rash of exposed parts of your limbs.
Nettle is an unbelievably polyvalent plant. It can be consumed in addition to its uses in the formulation of botany, cordage and textiles. The high nutritional content of Nettle and low calories made the kitchen popular. The dark, leafy greens contain 37 calories per cup, 2 g protein and 6 g of diététic fibre. per cup. They also provide more than a-third of the Vitamin A (RDA) recommended daily, 8% of the RDA of iron and 42% of the RDA of calcium.
Nettle leaves can be steamed easily and have a spinach-like taste. When the leaves are cooked, they lose "sting" and turn a sharp green shade. You can use cooked Nettle leaves as any other green cooked leaves. Enjoy some of Nettle's favourite recipes for your cuisine. You might also be excited to know if one of your preferred drinks is tea if you can steep Nettle leaves for herbal tea. Nettle tea is thought to be one of the best herbal teas for overall health and good health.
Health Benefits of Stinging Nettle
Once processed into a supplement, however, stinging nettle can be safely consumed, dried, freeze-dried or cooked. Studies relate this to a range of possible health benefits. It is available in the form of Tea, green tea, capsules Etc but it is always suggested that one should always consult the doctor before using it in any form. Let's know about some hardcore benefits of Stinging Nettle.
1. Contains Many Nutrients
This plant includes vitamins A, C and K and various vitamins B, iron, magnesium, sodium, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and all the essential amino acids.
2. Reduces Inflammation
The way your body heals itself and combats infections is inflammation. Chronic inflammation, however, can cause considerable damage. The nettle contains a number of compounds which can reduce inflammation.
3. Blood Sugar Control
Some sources suggest that Stinging Nettle may reduce the blood sugar control as it acts as insulin.
4. Healthy Hair, Skin & Nail
Vibrant skin, bright hair and strong nails are all external health reflections. You may have noticed a change in your hair, skin and nail health because this is one way that stress manifests and has been hurting our bodies with the extra stress people are suffering from today. Its green tea is suggested to help in management of stress.
5. Reduced bleeding
Excessive bleeding, especially after surgery, was reduced by medicines that contain stinging nettle extract.
6. May Treat Prostate Symptoms
A large prostate is usually referred to as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). Scientists aren't sure what causes BPH, but during urination it can lead to considerable discomfort. Far from studies, a stinging nettle can also help to treat BPH.
These Health benefits are researched by some sources , so do not take it as an ultimate solution. Do consider your health expert before any type of experiment.
Delicious Stinging Nettle Recipe with minimal ingredients
Dish : Stinging Nettle Saag ( Bicchu Buti ka Saag )
1/2 large bag of nettle leaves
1 tablespoon extra mustard oil (You can use any edible oil)
1 tablespoon of Dry chilli
Bring to a boil a big pot of slightly salted water. Prepare a big ice water bowl. Use protective gloves, move the nettle to the boiling water. 2 minutes blanch. Blanch. Use tongs to remove the blanched nettles from the bottle of ice water to shock them. Squeeze into a roundabout. Remove all major stumps from the nettles and discard them.
For this recipe, you should have 3 to 4 cups of white tender nettle tops and leaves. Add Mustard oil to the pot and then add dry red chilli. After that add the soft Nettle leaves in the oil, do not add water and just cook in low flame for 8 to 10 minutes. Do not forget to check it on regular intervals. Your Saag is ready to serve.
For Soup : Just make a thin paste of Nettle leaves by grinding it on mixie. Stir in freshly ground black pepper with 1/2 teaspoon. Add the citrus fruit juice. Swirl in the cream immediately before serving. Adjust to taste seasonings.
Well, apart from soup, saag can be consumed in the form of home made green tea too!
Just Watch below funny video of my first attempt on making Stinging Nettle Recipe
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