(Urtica dioica) – loose leaf herb, herbal tea
Nettle is a very versatile aid in blood purification, diuretic and blood formation. It prevents the formation of kidney and bladder sand and drives away what already exists. It also lowers blood sugar.
Its tea is also used for liver and bile disorders, for catarrhal diseases of the stomach and respiratory organs, and for fatigue. It is used externally for rheumatic, joint pain, vasoconstriction and hair loss.
In addition to these –
Traditional therapeutic use
- Vitamin supplements (A, B, C, K and U).
- Mineral supplements – Calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, zinc, silica and sodium. Also all of the essential amino- and ant-acids.
- Diuretic – also helps to clear uric acid, and can therefore be used for gout.
- Antisclerotic so it helps in treatments for Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
- Immune System strengthener.
- Metabolic enhancer.
- Prevents and eliminates springtime lethargy (recommended after Christmas), and seasonal allergies.
- Anti-rheumatic (externally and internally).
- Anti-hair loss agent (roots).
- Prostate therapy.
- Reduces internal bleeding.
- Improves the function of the internal and external glands and can therefore be used as a metabolite.
- Can be used in the treatment of certain cancers.
- Prevents clogged arteries.
- Used for stomach ulcers – nettle is an ingredient of a treatment herbal tea mix for this condition – contact us for a personalised consultation.
- Great for high blood pressure (hypertension) because it drives excess water out of the bloodstream and lowers blood pressure.
- Contains bioactive substances that help to regenerate the body and immune system.
Preparation of Tea
Dosages will differ for different people when making nettle tea.
For prevention, it is enough to drink 300ml of nettle tea a day, which is made:
Pour the boiling water over 1 tablespoon of the herb. Allow to steep for 15 minutes with a lid*. Strain and drink.
* The lid ensures that none of the goodness of the tea is lost through evaporation.
This can be doubled in people combating an ailment. But you should not drink it all at once because it causes a shock effect thanks to the strong diuretic nature. Preferable to sip it several times a day.
N.B. You should not use metal implements when handling and preparing (brewing, stepping and drinking) herbal teas – this includes spoons, mugs and filters. This does not apply to heating the water (and excludes boiling the roots in the water). Wooden spoon accessories are available in our shop.
Possible side effects
It is not recommended to consume more than 2 litres of nettle tea a day, because its strong diuretic properties could completely demineralise and weaken the body.
Consuming dried or cooked stinging nettle is generally safe. There are few side effects.
Pregnant women should avoid consuming stinging nettle because it may trigger uterine contractions, which can raise the risk of a miscarriage.
Speak to your doctor before consuming stinging nettle if you’re taking one of the following:
- Blood thinners.
- Blood pressure medication.
- Diuretics (water pills).
- Diabetes medication.
T’n’T Teas is a company run by qualified herbalists and natural therapists using traditional remedies that have been handed down through the generations. We source these ingredients and information from Hortus Medicus International Ltd. Check out their website for more information.
This offer is for a single herb ingredient, but contact us for a personalised consultation for herbal ingredient mixes that are tailored to your requirements.