Nettle | Urtica dioica
Nettle’s leaves and root contains a list of nutrients, such as vitamins A, C, K, and several B vitamins. Not only does it contain vitamins, it also has all of the essential amino acids, calcium, iron, folic acid, and so much more. Nettle has been known to be a natural galactagogue, a product or herb that supports breast milk production. To learn more about nettle as a galactagogue, read our blog!
Why You Might Find it Helpful: A cornerstone of lactation is proper nutrition. Because nettle is such as nutrient-rich herb, it can be advantageous as a natural galactagogue. Motherlove specifically uses this herb in many of our oral supplement products for its essential vitamins and minerals necessary to keep the body healthy during lactation.
A secondary reason why Motherlove chooses to use nettle in our supplements is due to its iron and chlorophyll-rich content. Nettle has been known to naturally oxygenate the blood, which, in some cases, can fight postpartum fatigue.
What It Looks Like: Nettle has dark green serrated leaves and short hairs that cause burning and blistering when touched. It grows in moist soil usually near streams and ditches. Nettle is an edible plant, which means most of it can be harvested, dried, and cooked.
Things to Know: You should never eat raw nettle, as it isn’t called “Stinging Nettle” for nothing! Nettle’s leaves have natural hair-like structures that sting when touched. Of course, when the plant is processed, its defense mechanisms no longer work and therefore, there are no side effects of stinging.