The stinging nettle – “Queen of the weeds”


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Stinging nettle – “Queen of the weeds”

Barbara Simonsohn/ Compact Guide

About the book

The unrecognized treasure from your garden!

“Queen of the Bindweeds” – this honorary title was bestowed on the stinging nettle by Rudolf Steiner. Why? Not only does it play an important ecological role – insects and birds fly to it, and it serves as a caterpillar food plant for over 30 species of butterfly – but as a medicinal plant it also offers us humans an unparalleled wealth of healthy ingredients.

In nettle we find carotenoids for the eyes and as an immune booster, vitamins from the B group for good nerves, vitamin E for fertility and as a radical scavenger, vitamin K for healthy bones and wound healing. The flavonoids in stinging nettle protect blood vessels and the heart, plant acids have an anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effect, chlorophyll is important for detoxification and the immune system, and the amino acids support cell and muscle development. In terms of minerals, stinging nettle scores highly with calcium, potassium, phosphorus, chlorine, magnesium, silicon, easily utilizable iron and the rare trace elements manganese, boron and copper. We even find traces of gold! These minerals are extremely important for energy production, the immune system, the water and acid-base balance, blood formation, bones and teeth. There is even the mood-enhancing serotonin in this underestimated plant!

  • Healing effects of stinging nettle: from acne and anemia to hair problems and skin diseases, menopausal symptoms and gingivitis
  • Applications and preparations for the medicine cabinet
  • Useful tips for garden, plant and animal lovers
  • Nettle recipes for healthy cooking

About the author

Barbara Simonsohn (born 1954) is a nutritionist and Reiki instructor. She has been giving seminars at home and abroad since 1982, mainly on authentic Reiki with seven degrees, but also on acidosis therapy and massages according to Dr. Renate Collier and on yoga. She also works intensively on the topic of healthy eating and is an expert on superfoods. The Hamburg native regularly travels to India, where she meditates and volunteers as an English teacher for orphans; she also supports Moringa projects and has planted fruit trees and organic gardens as part of her development work in Haiti. Since 1995, Barbara Simonsohn has published numerous guidebooks in the field of holistic health; the total circulation of her books amounts to over 500,000 copies.

Mankau publishing house


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