How to make nettle tea
What's good about nettle tea?
The Latin name for stinging nettles, Urtica dioica, originates from the word Uro, which means to burn. This is because of the sting the nettles can cause.
Once the leaves have been processed and dried to tea, they become perfectly safe to handle and consume. Some amazing benefits they provide include:
- Strengthening the immune system
- Boosting the nervous system
- Helping the digestive system
- Supporting the respiratory tract
- Alleviating congestion in air ways
- Assisting with muscle disorders and joint problems
- Helping to lower blood pressure
- Acting as a great antioxidant
- Reducing inflammation and helping to fight infection
Drank daily, nettle tea will help your body receive a wide variety of nutrients that it may otherwise struggle to find - to the point that your body will be craving your next cup!
- Find a fresh patch of nettles; the best time to pick is in the spring. When picking use gloves or hold the stem, as you have less chance of being stung.
- When home, sit the nettles in water for five minutes to remove any bugs or dirt.
- Remove leaves from the stems.
- Spread the leaves out onto a baking tray.
- Preheat the oven to 120°c and bake the leaves for approximately 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and crush the leaves with your hands until they resemble fine tea leaves.
- Add two-three tea spoons of your nettle leaves to a tea strainer and leave the strainer in a cup of hot water for five minutes.
You can add sugar to your tea if you want to change the flavour slightly.
Enjoy your healthy homemade tea!
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