Sunday, January 24, 2010

Nettles - Nature's multivitamin

Nettle (Urtica dioica) is an amazing herb! Let learn a little about this plant.

APPEARANCE: Stinging Nettle is an erect plant that can grow as high as 7 feet. It reproduces from its shallow root system and grows in dense patches. The leaves are lance-shaped with toothed margins. Flowers hang in drooping clusters. The stems are covered with fine, stinging hairs.

HABITAT AND RANGE: Nettles inhabit drainage ditches, stream banks and other moist soils throughout North America.

PARTS USED: Leaves and stems of the pre-flowering plant.

PRIMARY MEDICINAL ACTIVITIES: Nutritive, antihistamine, astringent, tonic, helps with blood cleansing.

NETTLES AND DOGS: The tiny hairs on the live plant (not what the dog eats) causes a burning sting. Fortunately this is short lived and drying the herb neutralizes the plants 'sting' - so in the dried form, this herb is completley safe. In fact, 100 grams of dried Nettle contain:
  • 30.4 grams of crude protein
  • 2970 milligrams of calcium
  • 680 mg of phosphorus
  • 32.2 mg iron
  • 650 mg magnesium
  • 20.2 mg beta carotene
  • 3450 mg of potassium
  • Vitamins A, C, D and B complex
...all in a highly palatable form that is easily assimilated into the body without adding stress on the liver, kidney or digestive tract.

This is amazing - how do I give this to my dog?
We recommend our Organic Green Alternative which contain a balanced blend of herbs including NETTLES!