Wild Nettle & Cleavers Infused Herbal Organic Cider Vinegar Spring Tonic
  • Nettle & Cleavers Infused Organic Cider Vinegar 250ml
    Urtica Dioica, Galium aparine
    This spring's most vigorous Stinging Nettle and juicy young Cleavers have been infused in Unpasteurised Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
    Apple cider vinegar has been used as a health~giving agent for centuries. Hippocrates, father of medicine, is said to have used only two remedies: honey and vinegar. Vinegar has many powers: it helps lower cholesterol, can improve skin tone, help moderate high blood pressure, treats osteoporosis, and can help improve metabolic functioning. Herbal vinegars are a great combination: the healing and nutritional properties of vinegar married to the aromatic and health~protective effects of  herbs.
     Natural Apple Cider Vinegar is made by crushing fresh, organically grown apples and allowing them to mature in wooden barrels. This boosts the natural fermentation qualities of the crushed apples, which differs from the refined and distilled vinegars found in supermarkets. Natural vinegars have enzymes and minerals that other vinegars in grocery stores may not have due to over~processing, over~heating, and filtration. 

    Pour a spoonful or more on beans and grains at dinner; use them in salad dressings; season stir~fries and soups with them. This regular use boosts the nutrient-level of your diet with very little effort. You could also drink herbal vinegar in a glass of water in the morning.
    Water does a poor job of extracting calcium from plants, but calcium and all minerals dissolve into vinegar very easily. 
    Adding vinegar to your food actually helps build bones because it frees up minerals from the vegetables you eat. Adding a splash of vinegar to cooked greens is a great way to boost your mineral intake.  In fact, a spoonful of vinegar on your broccoli or kale or dandelion greens increases the calcium you get by one third. Herbal vinegars are especially useful for anyone who can't (or doesn't want to) drink milk. A tablespoon of infused herbal vinegar has the same amount of calcium as a glass of milk.
    Nettle leaf is believed to be among the most valuable herbal remedies.  Because of its many nutrients, stinging nettle is traditionally used as a spring tonic.  It is a slow~acting nutritive herb that gently helps to cleanse the body of metabolic wastes.  It is one of the safest alteratives, especially in the treatment of chronic disorders that require long term treatment.  It has a gentle, stimulating effect on the lymphatic system, enhancing the excretion of wastes through the kidneys.  
    Nettle’s iron content makes it a wonderful blood builder, and the presence of vitamin C aids in the iron absorption.  As a hemetic (an herb rich in iron), this is an excellent herb for anemia and fatigue, especially in women.  It promotes the process of protein transanimation in the liver, effectively utilizing digested proteins, while simultaneously preventing them from being discharged through the body as waste products.
    Stinging nettle is beneficial during pregnancy due to its rich mineral value and vitamin K, which guards against excessive bleeding.  It is also a good supplement to strengthen the fetus.  It is used during labor to ease the pains, and will increase milk production in lactating women. Stinging nettle is often recommended for pre-menstrual syndrome because of its toxin~ridding activity.  When the liver is sluggish, it processes estrogen slowly, contributing to the high levels that cause or aggravate PMS.  It acts as a restorative remedy during menopause, and the astringency of the herb helps in excessive menstrual flow. 
    As a diuretic, stinging nettle increases the secretion and flow of urine.  This makes it invaluable in cases of fluid retention and bladder infections. It is also anti-lithic and nephridic, breaking down stones in the kidneys and gravel in the bladder.
    Nettle Leaf is specific to the kidneys and bladder, helping to dissolve kidney stones.  It also nourishes and purifies the blood eliminating metabolic wastes and toxins.  It is especially cleansing to the body and helps to expel mucus from the lungs.
    Nettles are high in iron; Vitamins A, C, D, E and K; high in chlorophyll; riboflavin; thiamine; calcium; magnesium; silicon, sulphur, copper, chromium, zinc, cobalt, potassium and phosphorus.
    Stinging nettle is an astringent, diuretic, tonic, anodyne, pectoral, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, alterative, hemetic, anti~rheumatic, anti~allergenic, anti~lithic/lithotriptic, haemostatic, stimulant, decongestant, herpatic, febrifuge, kidney depurative/nephritic, galactagogue, hypoglycemic, expectorant, anti~spasmodic, and anti~histamine.
    Cleavers has a long history of use as an alternative medicine and is still used widely by modern herbalists. It is used both internally and externally in the treatment of a wide range of ailments. The dried or fresh herb is alterative, anti~inflammatory, antiphlogistic, aperient, astringent, depurative, diaphoretic, diuretic, febrifuge, tonic and vulnerary. A valuable diuretic, it is often taken to treat skin problems such as seborrhoea, eczema and psoriasis, and as a general detoxifying agent in serious illnesses such as cancer. The plant contains organic acids, flavonoids, tannins, fatty acids, glycoside asperuloside, gallotannic acid and citric acid. It has a mild laxative effect and stimulates the lymphatic system and has shown benefit in skin related problems. 
    Herbalists have long regarded cleavers as a valuable lymphatic tonic and diuretic. The lymph system is the body's mechanism to wash tissues of toxins, passing them back into the bloodstream to be cleansed by the liver and kidneys. This cleansing action makes cleavers useful in treating conditions like psoriasis and arthritis, which benefit from purifying the blood. Cleavers is a reliable diuretic used to help clean gravel and urinary stones and to treat urinary infections. The herb may also be useful for chronic low~grade kidney inflammation. In studies cleavers extract lowered blood pressure without slowing heart rate or having any health-threatening side effects. 
    Externally, a tea made from cleavers can be used as a skin wash to improve the complexion and treat skin disorders, and heal cuts and scrapes. The tea can also be put to good use as a hair rinse to fight dandruff. The entire plant is rich in vitamin C and using it as a vegetable is said to have a slimming effect on the body.

    Wild Nettle & Cleavers Infused Herbal Organic Cider Vinegar Spring Tonic