Nettles are found all around the world and is better known for it’s sting in the modern age than it’s medicinal benefits. An underrated plant that I was fortunate to discover recently when I was given a box full of dried herbs and empty tea bag sachets to mix my own herbal teas. This herb is packed with Vit A, Vit B2, Vit B5, Vit C, Vit E, Vit K, Calsium, Iron, Potassium, Manganese and Magnesium and it is said to relieve eczema and acne.
I measured 2 teaspoons of the dried Nettle leaves per bag and steeped the tea for 10-15 minutes before consumption. It tastes like it smells…green but not offensively pungent like some witchy herbal teas sometimes do. I thought I would give it a go after reading about it being a natural anti-histamine.
It is now early May and I think I might have sneezed 3 times in total since I started with the tea. My love hate relationship with spring/summer has come to an end as the usual bouts of hay fever sneezes and a congested stuffy nose is no more, definitely a kitchen staple from now on.
Oh Nettle, if only we had met sooner!
There was one other very happy side effect, I have suffered from sciatica for months which many of you will know can be extremely painful and affect your day to day activities immensely. What I did not know at the time was that the Nettle tea I have been drinking has anti-inflammatory properties and is also very effective in the treatment of painful muscles and joints. After 1 week of Nettle tea I woke up for the first time without the expected sharp stab of pain that I have started to get used to as part of my day. I wish I had known of the analgesic qualities of this simple herb years ago, it’s not very often that anyone can call tea life changing but life without the chronic pain is nothing short of a miracle in my book!
As with any medication consult with your doctor or a medical herbalist if you want to try anything new as a treatment for any condition. Especially if you are taking blood thinners, blood pressure medication, diuretics/water pills, lithium, NSAIDs or sedatives. Consult your doctor if you are drinking the tea during pregnancy as it is said that it could stimulate contractions.
- Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
- Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
- Lowers blood pressure
- Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
- Helps to support the adrenals
- It helps with diabetes mellitus
- Promotes milk production in lactating women
- Relieves menopausal symptoms
- Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
- Helps break down kidney stones
- Reduces hypertension
- Helps with respiratory tract disease
- Supports the kidneys
- Helps asthma sufferers
- Stops bleeding
- Reduces inflammation
- Reduces incident of prostate cancer
- Minimizes skin problems
- Eliminates allergic rhinitis
- Lessens nausea
- They say it even Cures the common cold
- Helps with osteoarthritis
- Alleviates diarrhea
- Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
- Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
- Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
- Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
- Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
- Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas
All hail Mother Nature ;)