Nettle, Urtica dioica, often seen in hair and skin care products, has cleansing and antiseptic properties. Nettle tea infusions are good for facial steams and are widely used to improve the appearance of the hair. Many of the benefits are due to the plant's very high levels of minerals, especially, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, and phosphorous. Nettles, a good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, and B complex vitamins, also are ten percent protein, more than any other vegetable. Warm Nettle oil has been traditionally used as a restorative anti-wrinkle facial mask for sensitive skin. It helps combat irritation, redness, itching and improves skin conditions.
In hair care, nettle stimulates the scalp, improves circulation, and helps promote fuller, more radiant hair. Nettles have a long-standing reputation for preventing hair loss and making the hair soft and shiny. Nettle is an excellent hair conditioner. Nettle, a herb rich in minerals and plant hormones, is tonic and astringent and gives a healthy gloss to the hair when used in shampoo bars. Nettle is said to be a remedy for oily hair, dandruff, and hair shaft breakage.
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