Nettle Leaf for Menstruation

Nettle Leaf for Menstrual Issues

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Nettle, also known as Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica), is a nutrient rich and nourishing herb that makes a great tea or can be taken in pill form.

Nettle has been used as a treatment for:

  • heavy menstrual flow and painful menstrual cramps (dysmenorrhea)
  • anemia
  • allergies
  • asthma
  • high blood pressure
  • fibroids
  • hypothyroid
  • adrenal fatigue
  • skin issues such as acne and eczema
  • hair and scalp issues
  • gout
  • prostate problems (especially Nettle root)
  • as an anti-inflammatory
  • to boost immunity

It’s useful to support health for the whole body because it is full of nutrients. Nettle is high in chlorophyll, potassium, magnesium, iron, vitamin c and trace minerals.


Benefits of Nettle

Due to its iron content, nettle is good for women suffering from anemia and fatigue, especially during menstruation with heavy blood loss. The vitamin C also helps with iron absorption.

Nettle is considered a blood-purifier because it supports the liver and kidneys, while gently detoxing the body. One of the liver’s jobs is to process hormones, so a healthy liver leads to proper hormone balance. Therefore nettle may be beneficial in instances of hormonal imbalance with menstrual issues such as endometriosis, heavy menstrual flow, menstrual cramping, and irregular menstrual cycles. Nettle helps to decrease heavy menstrual flow by making your period lighter and reducing the severity of cramps.

Nettle also provides gentle stimulation of the lymphatic system, which is another important detoxification pathway. It increases milk supply for nursing women, supports the adrenals, and supports the thyroid gland.


How to Use Nettle

Nettle can be taken as a tea, and is often mixed with Red Raspberry Leaf to make a nutritious herbal drink.

It is also available in capsule form or as a liquid extract. You can purchase it online at amazon or iherb. You can also look for it at your local health food store.



There have been some reports of Nettle acting as an abortifacient (causing miscarriage). Many women take Nettle throughout pregnancy without any problems. However, if you are trying to conceive or have a history of miscarriage, it wouldn’t hurt to be cautious and wait to try Nettle tea until the second or third trimester of pregnancy.

As always, discuss your use of herbs with a qualified health practitioner whom you trust, especially if on any medications or while pregnant.


Have you tried Nettle or are you excited to try it? If you have tried it, what was your experience like? Please comment below or share with a friend.


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