Nettles are considered to be one of the richest plant sources of iron, and they are also abundant in vitamin C. Nettles can be used to increase iron levels within the body.
It is also a very beneficial herb when detoxifying the blood. The detoxifying and diuretic properties can be useful to those suffering with skin issues.
Nettles may be useful for gout sufferers as they help to eliminate the uric acid from the body.
Persons with eczema, psoriasis or who suffer from allergic rashes, have traditionally used stinging nettle tincture as it is known to have a positive effect on dry, sensitive skins due to the antihistamines and sulphur found in the nettle tincture.
Nettle tincture is also used as an alcohol-based hair rinse. It is particularly effective for treating dandruff and an oily scalp as it stimulates the blood circulation, reducing the secretion of fat and generally drying out the scalp. Regular use will tend to darken hair colour as such it should NOT be used on colour treated hair.
Nettle tincture is also taken internally to alleviate symptoms of hay fever.
Dosage: The recommended dosage is 1ml to 5ml tincture diluted in water three times a day.