History of Nettles
Stinging nettle is considered by many to be a bothersome pest, but the nettle has been used since ancient times as a source of food, fiber, and medicinal preparations.
Nutrients of Nettle Tea
Nettle tea benefits women throughout their pregnancy, but also helps to promote fertility. Full of goodness, nettle leaves contain vitamins A, C, D and K. By sipping this tea, women also boost their levels of calcium, potassium, iron, and Sulphur. It is also good for fetal health.
Nettles are iron rich, but also have a high vitamin C content. The vitamin C aids in the absorption of the iron. Double win! They are also incredibly nutrient dense, and contain a wide array of vitamins and minerals.
Nettle’s help with
Liver health: Nettle's antioxidant properties may protect your liver against damage by toxins, heavy metals and inflammation ( 34 , 35 ).
Natural diuretic: This plant may help your body shed excess salt and water, which in turn could lower blood pressure temporarily.
Not only does nettles help in combating hair loss, it also helps in hair re-growth. Nettle leaves are rich in silica and Sulphur. This helps in making hair shinier and healthier. Rinsing hair with nettle extracts and water results in regrowth of lost hair and also helps in restoring the original hair color.
Finally Nettle is used for hay fever, asthma and lung congestion
Infusion of Nettles
1 ounce dried herb (roughly 1 cup)
1 quart of boiling water
Put the herbs in a tea steeping mesh insert in a quart ball jar. You can also use a French press. Pour boiling water over the herbs to the top of the jar. Put the lid on and steep for 4 to 10 hours. I usually just leave overnight! Compost the herbs and refrigerate infusion for up to 24 hours.
Drink cold over ice or add a little hot water to warm it up!
My favorite is to pair with dried peppermint as a tea.