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Nettle Tea

I am quite happy with myself today ... as I have just made nettle tea from scratch .. 🧙‍♀️ 🧙‍♀️ 🧙‍♀️... why would I do that I hear you ask .... well . Nettles “Urtica dioica”, have been used medicinally since at least 3 B.C. In medieval times, it was used to treat pain in joints, and as a diuretic. . Nettle tea affects the kidneys directly as it's a diuretic. It increases urine output and removal of uric acid (under doctors supervision). It can often be used for oedema, inflammatory arthritis or gout. . Nettle tea is brilliant for hay fever and seasonal allergies as nettle contains quercetin which is a natural antihistamines, this is what i tend to use it for. . The diuretic nature of nettle tea improves kidney function, and as a result can improve the symptoms associated with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia. . The anti-inflammatory properties of nettles may in fact help those suffering from arthritis. Moreover, a 200 study published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine reports that nettle leaf can reduce osteoarthritic pain in the base of the thumb when applied to the painful area. . CAUTION All use should be supervised and approved by a doctor. Some people can be allergic to nettles, so start with a very low dose. It may also interact with some drugs including blood thinners.Don't take if you're already on diuretics, as nettle can increase water loss. Nettle tea is also contraindicated in pregnancy and do not give it to children due to its strong effect on hormones.



1: Wear gardening gloves and cut 2-3 bunches of nettles from your garden, give them a good wash

2: Ties each bunch with string at the stems

3: Hang the bunch of nettles in a bright light area, out of the way of any little hands

4: Leave the nettles to dry out for 3-4 days

5: When nettles have all dried out, put a clean pair of thick gardening gloves on and roll the bunch around in your hands over a large bowl

6: Crunch all the leaves down into smaller bits

7: Start with 2 tsp of the leaves and put it into a strainer or into a teapot with infuser

8: leave for 10 mins to steep

9: Pour liquid into a teacup and enjoy (you can add a touch of honey if needed)

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