We can find nettles almost anywhere from our own gardens to the deepest of forests. However, we usually steer clear of them thinking they are harmful and insignificant to our daily lives. Well, turns out stinging nettles actually have a library full of health and beauty benefits and we can scoop them all up in just one cup of tea.
Nettles have been used for hundreds of years as medicines and pain relief. Today, nettles are considered the most nutritive herb because it contains many flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins C, B and K1, triterpenes, sterols and minerals.
The main benefits of drinking nettle tea
The main benefit of stinging nettles is how it can help with urinary problems. Nettle tea affects the kidneys by increasing urine output and the removal of uric acid. It improves kidney function and urinary flow thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
The silica found in nettles is able to strengthen hair and nails, and improves skin problems like eczema and rashes. Nettles contain high amounts of chlorophyll giving tea alkalizing and detoxifying properties.
Nettles hold cleansing properties that aid in weight loss by riding the body of unwanted metabolic waste and drinking three to four cups a day can increase metabolism and is a natural appetite suppressant.
What’s more, if you suffer from allergies like hay fever, drinking nettle tea on the regular can help your body to reduce the amount of histamine it creates in response to an allergy.
Why not make your own brew and give it a try for yourself. It’s also really pleasant to drink!
To make nettle tea, you’ll need:
- A pair of gardening gloves
- A pair of washing up gloves
- A pot or kettle for boiling
- 120ml of water (per cup of tea)
- A sieve
- Sweeteners or lemon juice (optional)
- Wearing your gardening gloves, pick a bunch of nettle leaves. Make sure you pick clean leaves without any brown specks.
- Change to your washing up gloves to keep the nettles free from any extra dirt. In a colander, wash the leaves thoroughly under cold running water to clear any dirt or bugs.
- Still wearing your gloves, add the leaves to a pot of near boiling water and leave for 10-15 minutes or until the water turns green. Please note that nettles will not loose their sting until after they have been boiled so remember to use your gloves until your tea is brewed.
- Sieve the tea into your favourite mug and enjoy.
- Add sweeteners or lemon juice (which will turn the tea pink thanks to its colour-changing chemicals) to taste.