Ingredient close-up: Nettle
Let us introduce to you one of nature's wonder ingredients: Nettle. It might be a little bit unheard-of, but essential and vital to your wellbeing. Nettle is a proper multi-tasker and super-ingredient you definitely want to both include to your beauty routine and diet. It's kinda funny to think that a plant that burns the skin so disgustingly could also be a skin softener and have anti-inflammatory properties, but let me tell you more!
Why should you eat nettle?
Nettle is a natural beauty superfood. It's rich in Vitamin C that stimulates the production of collagen in your skin. Vitamin C also fights against free radicals that can cause premature ageing and wrinkles. Nettle also contains vitamins A, B, E and K that are essential for healthy-looking skin.
Iron - Did you know that nettle contains three times more iron than spinach? If you suffer from fatigue caused by low iron or ferritin levels, adding nettle to your diet can help you boost your energy levels.
Calcium - Nettle is also rich in calcium; it contains it four times more than dairy milk. Calcium helps your body to detox. Toxins might show, for example, as increased cellulite.
Another mineral nettle contains is silicon. This beauty mineral helps your skin and hair stay healthy and glowing.
Nettle in beauty products
Even though adding nettle to your diet is highly beneficial to your skin and overall wellbeing, you can get some extra points by also using beauty products including this wonder ingredient. It's quite commonly used in hair products as it helps with hair growth and strengthens and fortifies hair follicles. Nettle also helps treat dandruff.
When used in skincare products, nettle helps to tighten and firm the skin and regulate natural sebum production as it is a natural astringent. It has excellent anti-ageing properties thanks to silicon. Nettle can also be used to treat acne. Nettle can also be found in balms and creams as it accelerates the healing process of wounds and burns, helps with skin allergies and heals eczema.
Have you ever tried nettle in your cooking or skincare products?