The common stinging nettle, Urtica dioica is comprised of several parts, each of which can be hugely beneficial for women’s hormonal health in different ways.
A lot of women are already aware of the wonderful health benefits provided by the leaves of the stinging nettle, which can deeply nourish the skin, hair, and nails when consumed in a nutritious tea. Some women also reap the benefits offered by the seeds, which contain powerful tonifying qualities of Yang and Jing energy. However, not many women know just how special a gift the root of the stinging nettle which hides beneath the soil is to their hormonal health.
Nettle root has a positive impact on women much in the same way that it does men, by optimizing and regulating the hormonal (endocrine) system. This potent plant has the unique ability to add sex hormones where and when they’re needed, and also remove them where and when they’re damaging.
One great analogy is to think of nettle root as a supportive friend, encouraging you to become the best possible version of yourself that you can be. It doesn’t supply your body with phytohormones and do the work for you. Instead, it strengthens your body to discover its own healthy harmony. In this sense, not only is nettle root your body’s first line of defense, but it’s also an important and powerful medicine which will support you long-term.
Nettle root is particularly beneficial for women because it minimizes harmful estrogen metabolites in the body. Estrogen metabolites are created as a result of aromatization and can cause several types of cancer, including uterine cancer and hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer. Reducing levels of estrogen metabolite has been shown to help prevent cancer.
Conventional breast cancer drugs, such as Arimidex (anastrozole), Aromasin (exemestane), and Femara (letrozole), all mimic nettle root, blocking the aromatization process. But unlike these pharmaceutical medications, natural plant medicines are far-reaching and provide the body with many benefits, not one singular action. Because of this, an increasing number of herbalists are using nettle root to treat polycystic ovarian syndrome/disorder (PCOS/ PCOD).
Many women suffer from endocrine disorder polycystic ovarian syndrome. The negative impacts of PCOS are severe and can cause the body to stop ovulating. This process is known as anovulation and results in irregular and/or absent menstrual periods (amenorrhea).
Other conditions associated with PCOS include:
- Ovulation-related infertility;
- Polycystic ovaries;
- Excess hair growth;
- Type 2 diabetes;
- High cholesterol.
PCOS is a serious, life-changing disorder that impacts many women. Nettle root has shown great promise in its ability to correct the disorder and reverse the associated side effects.
Today many naturopathic doctors and herbalists research, study and practice with nettle root to treat PCOS. Linda Crockett, the author of the book Healing Our Hormones, Healing Our Lives, includes nettle root as a primary ingredient in her formulas for treating PCOS. Susan Weed, a herbalist who specializes in women’s hormonal health, encourages women to, “Use nettle root as a hair and scalp tonic, a urinary strengthener and stimulant, and immune system/lymphatic strengthener and a bit of first aid.”
When it comes to women’s hormonal health, there’s no better herb to take than nettle root. This powerful natural remedy can help reduce the risk of cancer, lower the danger of endocrine-associated disorders and encourage healthy hormonal balance to protect your body and maximize your health.