Although not the first type of tea that many people choose, nettle tea is a delicious and beneficial beverage that can ease pain, soothe allergies, improve the immune system, protect the heart, optimize digestion, relieve inflammation and heal the skin, among others.Nettle is a well-known wild plant in Albania usually used in culinary for making the famous pie with nettles.
Found in Europe, and especially in Albania, stinging nettle is the origin of nettle tea, and has the scientific name Urticadioica. For thousands of years, stinging nettle has been used around the world for many things, including as an herbal medicine, fiber and food source. As a food source, the leaves are a protein-dense equivalent to spinach, and those same leaves can be dried and made into nettle tea. The flowers of the plant are also commonly used in tea preparation.
The tea can be quite strong, and has a rapid effect on the body, primarily due to the flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins and minerals found within the plant. It is particularly rich in calcium and magnesium, in far greater concentrations than other leafy green vegetables often praised for their mineral content. These nutrients can be directly accessed through nettle tea, which is why it is so highly sought out around the world. Now, let’s take a closer look at the many impressive health benefits of nettle tea listed below by AgroWeb.org.
Health Benefits Of Nettle Tea
Skin Health: The analgesic and anti-inflammatory abilities of nettle tea can help relieve symptoms of acne, eczema, irritation and other blemishes that mar your skin. You can drink the tea to get these effects, or allow the tea to cool, then topically apply it to the skin with a cloth and ensure it stays on for maximum absorption.
Kidney Health: The most promising and well researched benefit of nettle tea has to do with its effect on the kidneys. As a powerful diuretic, nettle tea can help to stimulate healthy, consistent urination and flow rate. Nettle tea has been shown to improve prostate health. It can also help to prevent the development of kidney stones.
Digestion: The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nature of nettle tea makes it great for handling digestive issues. Nettle tea can help bringing your gastrointestinal health back on track and promoting the growth of beneficial bacteria.
Immune System: The flavonoids and carotenoids found in nettle tea, along with the high concentration of vitamin C, all make this beverage an effective immune system booster.
Osteoporosis: There is a huge amount of healthy minerals found in nettle tea, including calcium, magnesium and iron. Not only does this make this variety of tea excellent for people suffering from anemia, but it also helps to prevent the gradual breakdown of bone mineral density as we age.
Pain Relief and Inflammation: Whether using this tea to soothe the pain of a pulled muscle, a sore back, a headache, or any bump or bruise, you can often get relief before you finish your cup. External application of nettle tea can be just as effective, and more direct, but these effects are also felt when the tea is drunk.
Heart Health: Some researchers have found that there is a connection between lower blood pressure and the regular consumption of nettle tea. The anti-inflammatory components, as well as the potassium found in nettles can both help to reduce tension in arteries and blood vessels, promoting healthier circulation and oxygenating the body properly. This can lower your chances of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular complications.
How to brew nettle tea
Simply add water to your collected nettle leaves (fresh or dried) and heat to a near boil. Use about two cups of water for a cup of leaves; there’s no need to measure. You can make the tea stronger by steeping longer, or weaker by adding more water. Once the water is near boiling, reduce heat and simmer for a couple minutes.
Pour through a small strainer and the tea is ready to drink. Some people prefer a small bit of sugar added to the tea, but it is just fine with honey or even without any additives./AgroWeb.org