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Once the nettle leaves are harvested and dried, you simply take the nettles and steep them in boiling water. There are variations and different recipes for Nettle Leaf Tea. Our favorite is below.
Nettle Leaf Tea Recipe
- 1 Teaspoon Dried Nettle Leaf
- 8 ounces boiling water
Steep the nettles for 2-5 minutes. You can also use fresh nettles to make this herbal tea.
If you are using fresh nettle, here is an alternative recipe:
Steep the stinging nettle for about 3-5 minutes.
- 4 oz fresh nettle leaves
- 12 oz of boiling water
You can sweeten the nettle leaf tea if you have a sweet tooth.
Harvesting Stinging NettleIf you are lucky enough to have stinging nettles growing near by, make sure you where gloves when picking the leaves. You don't need the stems, so just the leaves will do.
The hairy folicles on the leaf will sting the skin and be an irritant if you do not wear gloves.
Other Nettle Recipes
You can add more flavor to your nettle leaf tea by adding other herbs to your tea. Peppermint Nettle is a nice combination, and chamomile nettle is one of my favorties.
If you are looking for herbal tea recipes, please check out our List of Herbal Teas. The list is broken down by herb and includes a recipe for each one.
You can buy your nettles from our Tea Herbs section. They are available in small serving sizes and large wholesale lots.
Stinging Nettle Benefits
Nettle Tea Benefits
Stinging nettles have amazing benefits. Pregnant women can enjoy many of the benefits of this herb, arthritis sufferers can ease their pain by "flogging" the area with the fresh nettle allowing the sting to penetrate the arthritic joint. You can detox your blood and more! For more benefits, visit our links to other articles below.
If I had to choose just one type of herbal tea or herb to consume - I am not sure that I could, but nettles would be in my top 5 for sure. There are just too many benefits to miss out on. It amazes me that in the educated world in which we live, that some beneficial herbs like nettle are still considered a weed, most of us can't identify them, and the majority don't know how powerful nettles can be to our bodies. I hope you find the following articles useful - nettles are one of my favorite herbs.
More Stinging Nettle Articles
We have several popular pages and articles about nettles and stinging nettle remedies and benefits. Here are our most popular:
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