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Inci:Urtica dioica

Dried nettle leaves used for cleansing, clarifying & emollient effects in natural skin/hair care products - good for sensitive skin & hair care

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

The stems and leaves of young plants are used. Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica and the closely related Urtica urens) has a long history of use.
 
Nettle is a classical herb with rich quantities of minerals that penetrate our skin and scalp.
 
The main minerals found in Nettle are silicic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, chromium, magnesium, and zinc), including Vitamins A, B, C, K, protein, mucilage, sterols and phenols (root), flavonoids (including rutin).
For oily skin, it is cleansing, clarifying and emollient and soothes sensitive skins.
 
Used extensively in hair care products where it is supposed to counteract hair loss, prevent and cure dandruff, reduce oily secretions and improve the quality of dry, lifeless hair and stimulate the scalp.
 
Nettle is a classical herb with rich quantities of minerals that penetrate our skin and scalp.

HOW TO USE IT

Which products to use it in
If using Nettle in creams, lotions or gels you will need to disguise the colour as your product will become a green/grey/brownish colour due to the high content of chlorophyll in Nettle. Use nettle in creams, lotions and gels.
 
Effective in shampoos, hair rinses, hair gels, and hair waters for lifeless hair, dandruff and oily scalp conditions
 
Water or oil-soluble?
Water soluble.
 
Can I add it to ready-made products?
Not appropriate.
 
How to use in products
Boil 5-10g dried Nettle in 1L of water or 50-100g fresh Nettle in 2-3L of water Infuse Nettle leaves, however, if stems and leaves are together then make a decoction.
Storage and Shelf Life
2-3 years. Store in the dark and keep dry.
 
Related/Synergistic Products
Due to the fact that nettle doesn’t have any saponins (natural soap) to open up the pores it is very important that you use a herb that does contains saponins when you make a shampoo.
 
As we want the minerals to penetrate down into the scalp and that’s what the saponins help them to do.
 
Birch and Horsetail herbs are excellent for this purpose.
 
Always use at least 10% of these in a hair care product with nettle.
 
For an effective dandruff shampoo the essential oils to add would be Tea Tree and Lavender.