Stinging Nettle for Arthritis

stinging nettle

Stinging Nettle – Urtica Urens

USES Arthritis, Gout, Detoxification, and Allergic rashes.

Stinging Nettle has been treasured for a long time by Irish herbalists as an excellent ‘blood tonic’. Traditionally the young tips of nettles are gathered to make ‘nettle soup’.


Nettle has a diuretic action, attributed to flavonoids, which increase the excretion of a number of waste substances from the body, particularly the acid metabolites including uric acid. This action is of great benefit in gout and arthritic conditions.

Nettles have a high nutritive value, containing Vitamin C, iron, calcium, potassium and silica, which explain its tonic action.

stinging nettle uses

Oxymel – Honey and Vinegar

Oxymel is a mixture of honey and vinegar, depending on the desired effect different herbs (or flowers) are added. The word comes from Greek and means acid and honey. It’s a great way to preserve plants and herbs.

Oxymel was used as a remedy in Persian pharmaceuticals writings of the Middle Ages and it also was used earlier by Hippocrates.


In 2012 a group of Iranian researchers published a paper relating to Oxymel in medieval Persia. The honey-vinegar mixture at that time came both pure on its own and in connection with medicinal plants.

To this day it is considered an invigorating traditional remedy. The researchers found over 1200 different Oxymel recipes for different indications ranging from digestive complaints to breathing difficulties …

According to the researchers, the basic historical recipe is very simple:

  • One unit of vinegar
  • Two units of honey
  • Four units of water
  • Add dried or fresh herbs of your choice
  • Boil until a quarter of the mixture remains
  • Skim off the foam, if necessary.
  • Oxymel is best known as an immune-stimulating tonic.

Suffering from Hayfever?

Hay fever is an allergic reaction to pollen; especially grass pollen, which causes sneezing, a runny nose and red streaming eyes. It is a condition, which is often inherited with other allergic conditions such as eczema and asthma.


Cedarwood Essential Oil

Here’s a proven aromatherapy recipe to stop hay fever symptoms:

  • Mix 1 part of cedarwood essential oil with 2 parts of cypress essential oil in the palm of your hand.
  • Rub it, sniff it to get relieve from running noses and itchy eyes.
  • Works a treat, try it!
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