I have recently renewed my love of nettle tea, and it’s all due to rediscovering the benefits of this common garden weed urtica dioica.
There are many documented benefits of drinking nettle tea, but can we just start with the fact that it just tastes good? It’s one of those “light and refreshing” tastes that would translate just as well to iced tea as it does to hot.
You can make nettle tea from the leaves and flowers of nettles you find in your garden, or on your daily walk, I just prefer the convenience of bulk buying. I have no idea whose cats, or what wildlife has been traipsing through my garden! Also, as the name would imply, harvesting stinging nettles means you could be stung – and that’s not pleasant!
The benefits of using the stinging nettle as medicine have been documented since 3 BC, or even earlier.
Benefits of nettle tea
Stinging nettles have many documented health benefits, my favorites are:
- Relieves symptoms of seasonal allergies as stinging nettles contain antihistamine. There are no side effects as with over-the-counter and prescription antihistimines.
- Diuretic and mild laxative. Improves kidney function
- Anti-inflammatory – nettle tea can help to relieve the discomfort of arthritis.
Other ways of using stinging nettles
If tea is not your thing, you can use stinging nettle leaves as you would use spinach. Remove the leaves from the stems and saute them, or use in a stir fry. The bonus, though, is that it contains 20 times more calcium and 10 times more magnesium than spinach!
Nettle tea precautions
You can buy stinging nettle products in various forms, including capsule, tinctures, and extract. The information shared here applies to nettle tea only. But, even with natural products, please consult your doctor before starting any regimen.
Stinging nettles can affect the menstrual cycle and can stimulate contractions in pregnant women.
Consult your health care practitioner if you have diabetes, as nettles may affect blood sugar.
Nettles also may interact with blood thinners, diuretics, diabetes medication, lithium, NSAIDs, and sedatives.
Read more about the benefits of stinging nettles:
The Benefits of Stinging Nettles – Livestrong
Nettle Tea Benefits and Warnings – Livestrong