Wild lettuce are among the richest plants with exceptional value and are found everywhere in Albania. Part of this family are the plants similar to spinach, but mainly grow in the wild such as Swiss Chard, Nettles and Chenopodium. Read their generous values listed by AgroWeb.org.
Hot Stinging Nettles
We all know that prescription medications for allergies have many side effects but nettle has none of those side effects and has an impressive number of other health benefits. Nettle has been studied extensively and has shown promise in treating Alzheimer's disease, arthritis, asthma, bladder infections, bronchitis, bursitis, gingivitis, gout, hives, kidney stones, laryngitis, multiple sclerosis, PMS, prostate enlargement, sciatica, and tendinitis.
When applied to fingers and other affected areas, nettles can reduce arthritic pain by 85%. As you might have figured it out nettle has so many health benefits, they can hardly fit into this small space. Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity, relieves arthritis symptoms, fights allergies, helps with diabetes. Nettle strengthens the fetus in pregnant women and promote milk production in lactating women, helps break down kidney stones, reduces hypertension. This plant helps with respiratory tract disease, reduces inflammation, supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas.
How can you use nettles?
You can brew stinging nettle leaves in almost boiling water and drink daily as a curative to all these ailments. Just be sure to check with your doctor since nettle can interfere with certain pharmaceuticals. Nettle may lower blood pressure and heart rate. It may also lower blood sugar. Whilst this may be beneficial, if you are on a set dosage of diabetic medication you may find your blood sugar ends up too low with the combined effect of both your medication AND nettle lowering blood sugar.
The health benefits of Swiss chard are amazing, and include the ability to regulate blood sugar levels, prevent various types of cancer, improve digestion, boost the immune system, reduce fever and combat inflammation, lower blood pressure, prevent heart disease, increase bone strength and development, detoxify the body, and strengthen the functioning of the brain.
Swiss chard is a leafy green vegetable that is scientifically classified as Beta vulgaris subsp. cicla. Swiss chard is actually a common name, but in reality, you can simply call the vegetable ‘chard’. It is closely related to beets, and actually has the same scientific classification, but beets are usually cultivated for the roots, while Swiss chard is grown for its leaves. The many health benefits attributed to chard are due to its impressive list of vitamins, nutrients, and organic compounds, which include vitamins K, C, and A, as well as vitamin E, riboflavin, and vitamin B6. In terms of minerals, Swiss chard has a wealth of magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, sodium, and copper. Furthermore, in addition to dietary fiber, Swiss chard has a significant amount of polyphenolic antioxidants, phytonutrients, and enzymes that are unique and highly beneficial to your health. Chard can improve blood circulation, has the ability to improve bone health, can help decrease blood pressure and improve heart health.
The Chenopodium Album is known to be a weed, but in fact they are loaded with numerous health benefits and it is famous as a healthy vegetable in Albania. The Chenopodium Album Leaves grow with other cultivated crops, while being a weed. In Albania, this plant grows by itself, while many countries raise chenopodium album for its seeds. Chenopodium Album also called bathua offers many benefits for the human organism: Blood Purifier, Loaded with Crucial minerals, Improves Appetite, Improve Haemoglobin Level, Rich in Amino Acids. Common Medicine for Intestinal Parasites
The juice made by Bathua leaves is used as a common medicine for intestinal parasites. It eliminates intestinal worms in children if they eat bathua on a regular basis for a few days.
How To Take It: Take 10-15 ml juice of leaves. Add with pinch of rock salt. Take three times a day soon after meals. The leaves of chenopodium album are ideal for liver, gall bladder, and spleen. For maintaining digestive system healthy, you may consume 10 ml Bathua leaves juice.
Chenopodium album is helpful and works effectively against the problem of kidney stone. It also decreases the tendency of stone formation. Take tender leaves and stems. Crush them to draw out its juice. Take 10-15 gm of this on a daily basis with or without water./AgroWeb.org