The nettle leaf is one of those plants, like the dandelion, that is often overlooked as a useless weed but is really one of the most amazing plants with health benefits out there. The tea it produces is my new favorite daily cup of goodness. I recently fell in love with the brew again after I found myself struggling with allergy symptoms last month. My sister-in-law, an amazing healer, told me to try drinking nettle tea. Luckily, I had some on hand. After a few cups of the herbal steep, I was feeling fit as a fiddle again! In fact, I realized that my symptoms only showed up when I had stopped drinking my nightly mint, dandelion, and nettle leaf tea blend.
Drinking nettle tea daily is worth it just to prevent any cold or allergy symptoms, but I also drink it because it boosts your immune system; relieves hypertension, bloating and cramps; reduces inflammation and allergy symptoms; contains vitamins A, C, D, and K, iron, and other important vitamins and minerals; builds energy; and even acts as a mild diuretic. What a power-packed herb! In fact, the only downside to this plant is that it might cause irritation (mild rash or upset stomach) for a few people, so it's a good idea to try just a little tea at first before committing to a cup a day. That said, I've never had any adverse effects from drinking this tea.
To brew, use one tablespoon per 8 oz hot water. Steep for 3-5 minutes. Can re-steep leaves. Enjoy!
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