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Make your own nettle tea

  1. Most people know stinging nettles mainly as that stinging, annoying plant that you see everywhere and nowhere. Fewer people know that nettle is healthy. Nettle is known in herbal medicine for its antihypertensive properties, among other things. There are several uses of nettle, such as nettle tea. You can make nettle tea yourself.

Nettles

  1. The official name of the nettle family is Urtica. There are many nettle varieties. The most famous members of the nettle family are the great nettle (Urtica dioica) and the small nettle (Urtica urens). The large and small nettle have green leaves with a serrated edge. The underside of the nettle leaf is downy. The nettle is covered with so-called stinging hairs. These hollow hairs cause a burning sensation and blisters on the skin when the tip is broken. This is due to the formic acid and other irritants contained in the hollow hairs. Nettles are very common. You can often find them next to roads, forest edges and in neglected gardens.

Nettle as a medicinal plant

  1. Nettle has been considered a medicinal plant in herbal medicine for centuries. Primarily because of the antihypertensive effect of nettle.

Nettle tea

  1. Most studies have been done with nettle extracts in powder form, or with solutions based on water and alcohol. But is nettle tea healthy? Several studies show that it is! Nettle tea appears to act as a powerful antioxidant. An antioxidant can neutralize harmful free radicals in the human body. These free radicals are involved in processes such as DNA damage and cell aging.

Buy nettle tea

  1. You can buy ready-made nettle tea at the supermarket and specialty stores. Tea brands that have nettle tea in their range include Zonnatura, Pyramide, Jacob Hooy and Salus. However, there are also several private brands of nettle tea for sale.

Make your own nettle tea

  1. Making nettle tea yourself is of course also an option. You can use the nettles neat or in combination with other herbs and plants. You can make nettle tea from both the large and the small nettle. Both fresh and dried nettles are suitable for making herbal teas.

What do you need?

  1. Enjoy your homemade nettle tea! / Source: Miya, Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA-3.0)

Brewing nettle tea

  1. Sprinkle the nettle tops in a preheated teapot. Pour about 600 ml of boiling water on top and put a lid on the teapot. Let the nettle tea steep for about 10 minutes. Pour the tea water through a strainer and enjoy your homemade nettle tea!



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