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Nettle Tea

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£6.99 £3.99

Nettles contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals and act as a potent diuretic and mild pain-killer. Our all-natural nettle tea is picked wild in Greece and is dried/packed without the use of pesticides or preservatives.

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Description

  • Type: Loose Leaf Tea
  • Quantity: 30 grams (20+ cups)
  • Origin: Greece
  • Harvest: Hand-Picked from the Wild
  • Brew Tips: Use 2 teaspoons per cup & steep for 3 to 5 minutes (adjust brewing time and quantity for stronger/weaker tea).

Nettles, also known as “common nettles” or “stinging nettles”, don’t have the best reputation. They are the scourge of landscapers and adventurous children and have been responsible for many tears and indignant outbursts. We’re raised to treat nettles with caution, and to anyone who spent their childhood being perpetually stung by these malicious leaves, the idea of consuming nettle tea will seem preposterous.

After all, isn’t the nettle a worthless, abundant weed that every herbalist would be happy to see the back of?

Well, not quite.

The common nettle has been used as a food source and herbal medicine for hundreds of years. It contains an abundance of vitamins and minerals and acts as a potent diuretic and mild pain-killer when consumed as a tea. So, get your dock leaves at the ready and prepare for a prickly harvest, because those nettles at the end of your garden are a lot more beneficial than you gave them credit for.

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Nettle by Shelgo Tea

Benefits of Nettle Tea

A 2013 study on extracts of the stinging nettle (1) concluded that nettle leaves possessed potent anti-inflammatory properties that could be beneficial in the treatment of inflammatory disorders like arthritis. An earlier study found that water extracts of nettle contained high levels of antioxidants (2) and was also effective as an antimicrobial.

Studies like these are one of the main reasons behind the rise in popularity of nettle tea, but there is much more to this nuisance weed than the aforementioned studies would suggest. It is often consumed for its diuretic properties (one of the reasons it’s included in our detox tea gift pack), as it increases urination and helps to flush excess water out of the body.

This can be particularly helpful if you are retaining water or suffering from reduced urinary flow. In fact, previous research has suggested that nettle tea might be beneficial in the treatment of benign prostatic hyperplasia (3) because it is able to reduce the symptoms, but many more studies need to be conducted before we see it prescribed for this purpose.

Nettles are also rich in vitamins and minerals and include iron, potassium, copper, zinc, and vitamins A, B1, B5, C, D, and E. Clearly, a lot can be said for the consumption of nettle tea, and if you find yourself suffering from joint pain or simply want a boost of healthy minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, then it’s time to stop shunning this weed and start consuming it.

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How to Make Nettle Tea

How to Make Nettle Tea

Nettle tea is made simply by boiling nettles in water. You can use freshly picked nettles found in a nearby field, or you can leave the hard work to us and our 100% wild-grown, organic dried Greek nettles.

The “sting” is the result of many small, hollow needles that line the surface of the leaf, injecting what is believed to be a histamine-based venom into anything that contacts them. This is not present in nettle tea, and the dried leaves won’t sting you either.

When collecting fresh leaves for personal consumption, wear rubber gloves and use sheers to limit the contact with your skin. Rinsing the leaves beforehand destroys most of this irritating chemical combination before adding boiling water to eradicate the rest.

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The Best Type of Nettle Tea

Nettles can be picked fresh before being boiled or dried. They are best picked during the spring, when they are at their most tender and because drying will prolong the shelf life you can simply pick enough during the spring to last you all year long.

Of course, there are a few issues with picking nettles wild. They often grow on roadsides and on the perimeter of fields and woodland—prime locations for dogs looking to relieve themselves. Rinsing and boiling will destroy any canine contaminants, but if you’re still squeamish about it then you may be better off buying dried, pre-packed nettles like the ones sold here on Shelgo Tea. These are also harvested from the wild, but in mountainous locations where only the most intrepid canines venture.

Different growing, harvesting, and drying methods will produce different strengths and flavours. They all provide a host of health benefits; they all have a strong, distinctive flavour; and one of the best things about tea, and herbal tea in particular, is the joy of discovery.

To each their own, as they say, but if you truly want to explore the flavours and benefit of this tea, try a few different varieties.

Where Does Nettle Tea Come From?

The common nettle is native to Europe, Asia, and parts of North America and Africa. It is at its most abundant in Northern Europe where it thrives in wetter climates. It is here where it was probably first consumed as a tea for its medicinal properties.

One of the earliest recorded uses of nettle tea was in a concoction known as the “Nine Herbs Charm”, a 10th-century poem that references many herbs (including thyme, camomile, fennel, and mugwort as well as nettle) and culminates by instructing the reader to crush these herbs and turn them into a salve (4).

Nettle is described as an herb that “attacks against poison” and “has power against infection”.

It is very possible that nettle was used in folk medicine prior to this, but we can safely assume that it was being used from this point onwards.

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Is Nettle Tea Good for You?

Side Effects of Nettle Tea

Nettle tea seems to affect blood clotting, essentially thinning the blood. This, in combination with the increased urination, means that anyone with a preexisting illness, anyone about to undergo surgery, or anyone taking prescription medicine should consult their doctor before drinking nettle tea. It’s typically a very safe tea, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry where your health is concerned.

Excessive consumption of nettle tea is also not advised. All herbs and plant materials, including those that produce little to no psychoactive effects, can cause unpleasant side effects in large doses. They can also trigger allergic reactions, including rashes and itching.

Nettle Tea During Pregnancy

Stinging nettle tea is not recommended in women who are pregnant, as it may cause uterine contractions. This is mainly an issue early in pregnancy, but it’s always better to be safe than sorry and pregnant women are advised to stay clear. Nettle tea is not recommended while nursing.

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Additional information

Weight30 g
Used For

Detox, Immune Support, Inflammation, Liver Support, Water Rentention, Weight Loss

1 review for Nettle Tea

  1. Seth Ryan

    Who would have thought you could make a tea from nettles? The taste was surprisingly pleasant – a little earthy but bright enough for a morning drink. Great tea – will definitely buy again!

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