Ingredient Name: Stinging Nettle (Urtica Dioica)
What is it? Stinging nettle is a plant native to Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. The health benefits of stinging nettle were used even by the ancient Greeks, who used it as a tonic for overall wellness. In fact, Hippocrates described over 60 uses for this healing herb. Nettle is packed nutrients, minerals, polyphenols, and antioxidants, including calcium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, beta-carotene, and vitamins A, C, K, and B. Studies have shown that nettle has potential to alleviate symptoms related to allergies, osteoarthritis, anemia, and diabetes. Other traditional uses for nettle include treating irritated skin and dandruff. And, don't let the name scare you; nettles lose their stinging ability once they’re processed through drying or brewing!
Why do we use it? We use it in our scalp therapy conditioner for its scalp-soothing qualities and to help control excess oil.
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