Nettle Tea

Humble but also extremely medicinal plant, nettle is found all over Europe and is very common in barren soils, fences, in nitrogenous soils near residential areas, where it sometimes forms important colonies and generally in uncultivated areas. It is also a very common plant in the Greek countryside.
There are more than 500 species around the world, but in Greece it thrives especially due to its climate and flora.
The nettle is a perennial plant, with an upright, simple, strong stem, with a height of 50-120 cm, dark green color and coarse hairs, which in one variety are sparse and almost smooth, while in another they are soft and fluffy.
Its Latin name is urtica and it got it from Pliny, because of the burning and itching it causes when it comes in contact with the human body.
The Roman soldiers, to face the cold winters during their campaigns, were rubbed with nettles. The ancient Greeks ate it. Hippocrates himself, the father of medicine, had characterized it 2500 years ago, a "panacea" that is, he had included it in the plants that make for all diseases.

Ingredients of Nettle

Nettle contains flavonoids, amines, glucoquinol and minerals. Contains vitamins A, C, E, K, minerals and trace elements such as iron, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium and selenium, thiamine, riboflavin and folic acid.
It also contains many phytochemicals such as lycopene, β-carotene, caffeic acid and betaine. The leaves also contain a histamine, formic acid, silicon and tannin.

Therapeutic properties and uses

Antianemic and tonic.
It is one of the most valuable plants that cures prostate diseases.
Antidiabetic and preventive of scurvy.
Astringent eg against hemorrhoids.
Antispasmodic in cases of rheumatism and sciatica, acts therapeutically in cases of paralysis.
Nettle is used to treat acne, warts and eczema.
Against impotence.