Nettle Leaf Tea Benefits – History, Health & How To Use It
Herbal tea was created and used throughout history to aid ailments of all sorts! From relieving digestion pains, chronic illness, rashes & burns and more, herbs, roots, seeds, fruits, and barks have been praised for their healing abilities.
Due to these incredible & unique attributes each herb holds, Komunity Kombucha and Fresh Steeps are teaming up to provide in depth biopsies of individual herbs, roots, seeds, fruits and more!
In this article, we will discuss the nettle leaf! We will dive deep into nettle leaf tea benefits, history, & how to use it for yourself!
Nettle Leaf History
Utica dioica AKA Nettle Leaf, Stinging Nettle, or Common Nettle, this leaf has been around surely further than humans can date. It can cause rashes when touched & mishandled, however has many modern beneficial uses!
Nettle leaf has been used by humans for thousands of years. It has been used for many reasons including food, fiber production, healing properties/medicines & animal food. Interestingly enough, a burial site in Denmark was uncovered by archaeologists dating back to over 2800 years ago. In which they found robes & clothing made & enforced with nettle fibers!
While it is fascinating to discuss the properties of nettle for clothing and animal food, we want to dive into the healing properties of the leaf, specifically in tea form!
Nettle Leaf Health Benefits
Nettle has been identified & recognized by herbalists as a wonderful addition to their medicine cabinet. For years, nettle has been recognized to aid humans with blood, kidney, liver, lungs & bodily fluids disorders. Let’s jump into the health benefits most common!
- Major Anti-Inflammatory: As known, the leaf and flower cause minor irritation on the skin of humans. It has been studied that, when applied topically to an already inflamed area of the body like arthritic joints, this minor irritation allows for greater blood flow to this area & ultimately leaves the joint feeling relieved!
- Highly Bioavailable Nutrients: Nettle contains high levels of tannins, chlorophyll, flavonoids, protein, fiber, acetylcholine, mucilage, glycoside, vitamins C & B, & beta-carotene. All of these are naturally extremely available for our bodies to absorb & use. The most intriguing mechanism is the nettle’s ability to remove toxic protein waste. Not only does it remove the waste, it actually extracts the valuable nutrients still entrained in the waste for use!
- Reduces Anemic Side Effects: This plant is wonderful for nourishing the blood and building up lost nutrients. From children to pregnant/breastfeeding women, nettle is a great way of restoring iron to the bodies blood supply.
- Natural Antihistamine: Allergies are a reaction to specific particles being inhaled & the bodies natural reaction to defending against them which cause an inflammatory response. Nettle inhibits this reaction thus diminishing the symptoms!
- Boosts Thyroid, Kidney, & Prostate Function: The seed from nettle specifically stimulates the thyroid in subclinical hypothyroid function. The root can also acts as an aid to kidney dysfunction & prostate hyperplasia.
- Lowers Chronic Sciatic Pain: More studies are needed to verify these claims, but there is evidence showing that nettle aids in sharp & shooting pains from nerves such as common sciatic nerve challenges. It is speculated that this is due to the incredibly bioavailable nutrients acting as a repair system for the nerves & tissues surrounding the specific area.
How To Use Nettle Leaf In Your Life
First, a note: Before attempting to cure yourself with any herb or medicine, please consult a licensed physician! Do the research for yourself too. You will always be your best advocate, we are here to simply provide information and help guide!
If you are inspired, you may be asking yourself, “How can I get these nettle leaf benefits for myself?!?” Good thing is there are many tried & true methods!
For topical use, ferment some! Take 3 tablespoons of nettle leaves per pint of water, steep for 4 hours, soak a cotton cloth & apply to the affected area 2 or 3 times a day. Another method is to apply leaves directly to areas that are paralyzed or nonresponsive.
For ingestion, try infusing with tea (Fresh Steep’s clear favorite method)! Take 1 or 2 teaspoons per cup, steep for 8 to 12 minutes, and enjoy 3 times a day!
Finally, you can ingest a tincture, or concentrated alcohol extraction of the herb! Take 30 to 60 drops, 1 to 3 times per day.
Overall, nettle is an incredible plant that has been used for thousands of years. From textiles to medicine, this diverse plant hosts many benefits. If you learned something from this post, comment one of your favorite nettle leaf tea benefits & share with a friend! If you want to try some for yourself, check out Buddha Teas Nettle Leaf Tea here!
1. Pursell, J. J. The Herbal Apothecary: 100 Medicinal Herbs and How to Use Them. Timber Press, 2016.