It is a plant to take with tweezers. Literally. Nettle is often not liked by gardeners and planters. Its stinging properties make it the black beast of the most sensitive skin. But when used properly, this plant, which can be found in the garden or in the undergrowth from April to September, also has unexpected virtues… When used properly, it is edible and can even be transformed into a real beauty companion. Ideal for combating an oily scalp, hair loss or brittle nails, used in poultices, nettle also gives a healthy glow. Discover four recipes to add nettles to your 100% natural beauty routine.
An overview of properties
Nettle is a wild plant found almost everywhere in France, especially in nitrogen-rich soils. With its serrated triangular leaves and tall stems (up to 50 cm), it is easy to recognize. But did you know that only the top of the leaf has stinging hairs? So if you want to pick a leaf, just grab it from below to avoid pimples. The easiest way is to wear gloves to minimize the risk of hives.
But why pick nettle? True, you will not make ornamental bouquets from it, but thanks to its many properties, this edible plant can become an ally in your future culinary recipes and your cosmetic preparations. In addition, it was used in ancient times in the form of decoctions, compresses or lotions.
Nettle is naturally rich in vitamins A, B and C, but also in minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and phosphorus. And rest assured, once heated it will definitely lose its stinging properties!
A shampoo for oily hair
Nettle is used in many hair care products, including those on the market. The plant is known for its ability to regulate sebum production and thus combat greasy hair. To make your own nettle shampoo, here is an effective and easy to make recipe.
- Let 2 tablespoons of nettle infuse for 20 minutes in 200 ml of boiling water
- Add 2 tablespoons of super fine powdered green clay to get a thick paste. Mix well to get a smooth texture.
- Apply the preparation on the scalp and the length of the hair. Massage gently and leave on for a few minutes before rinsing.
Conservation : a week in an airtight container.
Lotion against hair loss
Used in lotion, nettle decoction also helps fight hair loss, especially during seasonal changes, in spring and autumn. Here are the steps to follow to make this lotion:
- Heat 1/2 liter of spring water and 200 g of nettle leaves in a pan over low heat for 30 minutes.
- Remove from heat and strain the leaves.
- Let the decoction cool and add 2 tablespoons of cider vinegar.
- Pour the lotion into a bottle.
Use : rub the scalp with a little lotion for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water. Apply the lotion once a week for a month.
A lotion for clear skin
The skin also benefits from the purifying and soothing properties of nettle. This is especially the case with oily or acne-prone skin. For a glowing and flawless complexion, here’s an ultra-easy recipe:
- In a bowl, place a handful of chopped nettle leaves.
- Cover everything with 20 cl of boiled water.
- Cover, let infuse until completely cooled.
- Filter the preparation
Use : apply the lotion morning and evening with a cotton ball or cloth.
Preservation: 5 days in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
An invigorating bath
To enjoy a bath that is both relaxing and energizing, nothing could be simpler:
- Boil 1 liter of water with 2 handfuls of nettles (stems and leaves).
- Let it steep for 15 minutes.
- Add a handful of coarse sea salt.
- Filter the preparation and add it to the bath water.
All you have to do is relax!
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