Since its leaves often irritate the skin upon contact, the nettle has acquired a bad reputation among many garden owners. The fact that it is an important medicinal plant with a wide range of effects is frequently forgotten. However, it was very popular even in the Middle Ages and is highly regarded in almost all significant works on herbal medicine. Back in the 12th century, Hildegard von Bingen used stinging nettle juice for the external treatment of inflammation of the veins. She also used it for treating wounds and injuries.
Its incredible, positive effect on hair and the scalp was not discovered by biologists and scholars but it was discovered by horse dealers. They discovered a link between stinging nettles, the seeds of which were mixed in with the feed, and an improvement in the health of the coat of the animals. A completely new approach evolved out of this, which is the basis for today's use in hair care. Because of its nutrients, the medicinal plants have long been used as a home remedy for hair loss. It promotes circulation of the scalp, feeds the hair roots and helps to prevent greasy hair.
The seeds, leaves and roots of the stinging nettle can be made into tea or other tinctures. Stinging nettle tea has a detoxifying and diuretic effect. It is also effective for joint pain and rheumatism.
At alkmene®, we also use the medicinal plant in our products for optimum skin and hair care. Our modern formulas contain organic stinging nettle extract and other high-quality ingredients.