Urtica dioica commonly known as stinging nettle is a perennial flowering plant.
This plant is native to northern Africa, most of the United States, Asia, Europe and Canada. This plant usually appears in groves and bunches in the same places every year. But this is no ordinary plant. In fact, the leaves of the nettle are powerful herbal medicine.
These leaves are abundant in chlorophyll and minerals like calcium, iron, chromium, cobalt, zinc, silicon, copper and magnesium. Also, nettles are abundant in certain vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin D.
If you make tea out of the leaves of this plant for sure, you will enjoy many health benefits. In fact, this tea is a powerful immune booster, and it is able to neutralize the toxic antigens found in the body.
Also, the nettles contain a powerful anti-inflammatory agent that helps curb the actions of cytokines. This is actually one of the main components of inflammation.
These leaves are helpful in preventing fatigue, chronic headaches, sinus infections and sore throats as well. But that is not all; the nettles can help remove bacterial and viral infections and help remove excess fluids from the body since this tea can act as a natural diuretic.
Moreover, the nettles leaves may offer relief for some digestive problems like colitis, nausea, flatulence, and acid reflux. In addition, this tea can prevent the frequent nighttime urination.
It is said that these leaves are also beneficial for people with diabetes. It is like that since consuming this tea can help lower the blood glucose levels.
And this is very important for people with diabetes. However, people with diabetes should consult their doctor before including this tea in their usual diet. Or they can consult a medical herbalist who is trained and fully qualified.
First, you need to add nettle leaves in a pot and add water; you need to heat it to near boil. For one cup of leaves, you need to use 2 cups of water. You can make the tea weaker by adding water or stronger by steeping longer; it is up to you.
Once you notice that the water is near boiling, you need to lower the heat and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. Also another great thing is the fact that you can eat the cooked leaves.
All you need to do is to add a small amount of butter over the top, or you can add these leaves to stews and soups. In case you decide to eat the leaves, you need to make sure first that the sting is no longer there.
Bear in mind that you should introduce every new substance gradually to your body. In order to enjoy the benefits of the nettle leaves you won’t need more than one cup, or maybe two.
In case you haven’t use nettles before you need to start out with small amounts of this tea. Do you use nettle leaf tea? What do you use it for?