Nettle Leaf Extract is from the flowering perennial which can be found growing wild in the wastelands of the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Nettles grow to a height of 30-50cm, and are covered in stinging hairs that cause skin irritation. The leaves are dark green, covered in hairs and sharply toothed.
The herb and leaf have several known therapeutic qualities; they are known to fight inflammation, act as an antihistamine, and also have a diuretic effect.
The herb has also been experimented with as a possible treatment for premenstrual bloating or fluid retention.
Nettle leaf extract is a Native American folk remedy for rheumatic pains, and some arthritis sufferers have reported that they benefit from Nettle Leaf Extracts anti-inflammatory actions.
Topical formulations of nettle herb juice have also been used to treat joint pain, as well as acne and other skin problems.
As nettle is rich in silica and other minerals important for nail growth, a cup of nettle leaf tea a day may help to nourish and strengthen nails.