The common stinging Nettle, Urtica dioica, is one of the finest nourishing tonics known. It's a uterine tonic and general nourisher with a special ability to strengthen the kidneys and adrenals.
Its high mineral and chlorophyll content makes it an excellent food and tonic for the hormonal system. The list of vitamins and minerals in this herb includes nearly every one known to be necessary for human health and growth. Vitamins A, C, D, and K, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, and sulphur are particularly abundant in Nettle.
Benefits of drinking Nettle during pregnancy include:
- Aiding the kidneys: Since the kidney must cleanse 150% of the normal blood volume for most of pregnancy, Nettles ability to nourish and strengthen them is of major importance. Any accumulation of minerals in the kidneys, such as gravel or stones, is gently loosened, dissolved and eliminated by the consistent use of Nettle.
- Nourishing mother and fetus
- Easing leg cramps and other muscle spasms
- Diminishing pain during and after birth: The high calcium content, which is readily assimilated, helps diminish muscle pains in the uterus, in the legs, and elswhere.
- Preventing hemorrhage after birth: Nettle is a super source of vitamin K, and increases available hemoglobin, both of which decrease the likelihood of postpartum hemorrhage.
- Reducing hemorrhoids: Nettle's mild astringency and general nourishing action tightens and strenghthens blood vessels, helps maintain arterial elasticity, and improves venous resiliency.
- Increasing the richness of breastmilk