Nettle is one of those “weeds” like dandelion that most people don’t pay attention to because they are after they all just weeds and are invasive in gardens. However, they are full of health benefits.
I have a couple of nettle plants in the garden and I absolutely love them. Just having them in the garden helps keep some bugs away from my precious veggies. Sometimes I blend it with other herbs and spray the plants as a natural and organic pesticide. But my favourite way to use nettle is by making tea with it.
The reason why I love nettle tea so much is because it’s very nutritious. Nettle contains a lot of minerals, specially calcium and magnesium, also lots of chlorophyl and it’s an antioxidant. There are many more health benefits attributed to stinging nettle tea, but I just want to talk about my own experience with it.
I don’t drink it all the time because it’s a diuretic and I don’t want or need that all the time, but on those days when I’m bloated for some reason, a good cup of concentrated nettle tea is the best cure for it. It also happens to be amazing for cramps, inflammation and PMS symptoms.
Another reason I drink it, is that it is actually really good for the skin. Sometimes my skin gets a little bumpy due to different factors and nettle tea helps bring that softness and radiance back to the skin.
A little goes a long way when it comes to nettle tea. If you can’t grow your own, you can buy the dried nettle leaves, preferably organic. Although, I haven’t tried the dried leaves. I wear gloves while handling the fresh leaves, because there is nothing more annoying than the itch from being stung by nettle 🙂
Nettle tea is best when left to infuse for a few hours or even overnight, the result being a yellowy green liquid with a very subtle celery like taste. I drink it plain but feel free to experiment adding other more tasty herbs like peppermint or even some vanilla bean .. yummy. If you are drinking it for for menstrual cramps, drink it warm, but don’t boil the tea after the leaves have been added so that the nutritional properties are preserved.
To make it, simply bring some water to a boil, add the leaves to it, cover loosely and let it sit for at least a couple of hours. That’s it! It can be stored in the fridge for about a week.
Have you tried stinging nettle tea?
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