Have you heard of nettle tea? This herbal tea has some major benefits that can enhance the health of most people.
The stinging nettle, Latin name Urtica dioica, has been used medicinally since 3 B.C. Traditional herbalism recognizes several uses of nettle tea. Take a look at just a few of these benefits below.
- Thyroid Support
One of the most popular herbs for treating thyroid problems is Nettle. Nettle is good for both under active and over active thyroid problems. It has a rich source of iodine, which is beneficial to alleviating thyroid symptoms.
- Cure for Eczema & Other Skin Issues
Nettle relieves itching and swelling in skin infections and rejuvenates dry skin.
- Allergy Relief
Nettle tea both prevents and cures allergies that happen with seasonal change, like itching, allergic rhinitis and sneezing because it helps to reduce the amount of histamine the body produces in response to the allergen.
- Digestion Soother
Nettle relieves indigestion, nausea, excess gas, nausea, colitis and celiac disease. It also prevents diarrhea by killing intestinal worms and parasites.
- Women’s Health Helper
Nettle tea is rich in iron and helps to fight anemia. Drink nettle tea to prevent the bloating and cramps that accompany the onset of the menstrual cycle. It also reduces fibroids, regulates the menstrual flow and prevents menopause symptoms in women by processing estrogen. Pregnant women should drink nettle tea to prevent bleeding and make the fetus strong. Nettle also stimulates milk production in nursing mothers.
If that wasn’t enough, nettle also:
- Relieves chest congestion and coughing, bronchitis and TB.
- Prevents diabetes by lowering blood sugar.
- Lowers blood cholesterol.
- Maintains blood pressure.
- Relieves arthritis pain.
Making Nettle Tea
To make nettle tea, just steep one to two teaspoons of dried nettle leaves in boiling water for 5–10 minutes. I buy my nettle leaves in bulk from Mountainroseherbs.com, but you can also find them at your local health food store. Add flavor to your cup of nettle tea with lime and honey.
Nettle has few known side effects, but as with any medicinal preparation, consult a health care practitioner before adding nettles to your treatment plan.