Nettles for Eczema
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Pearly
Posted on: October 22, 2003

My daughter has eczema problem on her arms and face. I have it really bad on my feet. someone told me that nettle is good for eczema. I bought a plant and realized I just got rid of the "weed" form my own garden a few weeks ago. Anyhow, I wish to know how to use it. The suggestion given to me was to make tincture and I do not know how. I am thinking of making tea and washing the affected area. Is that alright? Please, help me. My daughter is just 10 yrs old and finds it very hard to deal with this problem.

Please see answers to other questions about eczema on our website at http://www.richters.com. Choose "Q&A" from the main menu, then enter "eczema" for the search. In eczema, it is most important to look to the diet for food sensitivities. Dairy is the most common problem, and cow’s milk products should be replaced with goat’s milk or rice milk for anyone with eczema.

Stinging nettles (Urtica dioica) are used internally for eczema, as a blood purifier. Fresh nettles can be cooked and eaten like spinach. They lose their sting when dried or boiled. You can make a tea by steeping approximately 2 tablespoons of the fresh herb or 2 teaspoons of the dried herb in one cup of boiling water for 15 minutes. Strain and drink three times a day.

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