More Benefits of Stinging Nettle Tea for Health and Wellness

The benefits of stinging nettle tea (also known as "common nettle" or simply "nettle") will tempt you to make this herbal tea a regular part of your tea-life! 

Nettle makes a fragrant, earthy-tasting tea that nourishes our physical and emotional health in so many ways. Whether you are struggling with aches and pains, long for relief from hay fever symptoms, are frustrated with thinning hair, have a digestive system that isn't working as it should, or just feel somewhat lackluster, this beneficial herbal tea can help. 

You could sum up the benefits of stinging nettle tea simply by saying this herbal tea is an overall tonic for your body and mind... 

But, let's look at more of the uniquely wonderful ways nettle tea is so very good for wellness. (If you'd rather start from the beginning, our Benefits of Nettle Tea section begins here.)

Your Nettle Tea Benefits

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  • Like many other teas, nettle tea is a great source of antioxidants. Antioxidant-rich foods and beverages are an essential part of a healthful diet - they keep us looking and feeling younger, reduce the risk of chronic disease (like cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and heart disease), and boost immunity, mood, and memory. 
  • Sluggish digestion? Sipping some nettle tea may help. Not only will this nourishing tea stimulate digestion, but it can also improve liver, gallbladder, and intestinal function; reduce stomach acids; and relieve diarrhea or constipation. 
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  • Nettle tea supports our "waste removal" system, as well - nettle (especially the root of the plant) acts as a tonic and detoxifier for the kidneys and encourages regular urination. Nettle tea may help to relieve bladder infections and UTIs (urinary tract infections), too. These effective diuretic properties can also benefit us in other ways, such as improving skin concerns (like rash, acne, and eczema), gout, edema, and arthritis. 
  • If you're struggling with frustrating water retention (during that time of the month, for example), try steeping and enjoying some nettle tea - its diuretic properties will quickly and effectively help your body get rid of that excess (and exasperating) fluid. 
  • This herbal tea may be a good choice for the men in your life, too. Nettle root may lessen prostate enlargement and the urinary concerns that can accompany BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), such as painful, reduced, incomplete, frequent, or more urgent urination. And, research has found that stinging nettle root may provide anti-cancer benefits for the prostate, too, by slowing or halting the spread of prostate cancer cells. 
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  • Nettle tea may also lower blood pressure levels (but please have a chat with your primary care provider before adding nettle tea to your day if you are being treated for high or low blood pressure). 

Yummy, versatile nettle

The nettle plant has been appreciated for centuries for its health and medicine benefits, but did you know it's also enjoyed as a source of food in many cultures? Try cooking young, tender nettle leaves and stems and using them in dishes where you would use other cooked leafy greens, such as spinach or dandelion (in soups, stews, lasagna, as a side dish, and so on). 

  • Show your blood some love with nettle tea. This beneficial tea is rich in essential iron, improves blood circulation, and builds and purifies the blood. Try drinking some nettle tea to build blood after blood loss (like your period). Its high iron content means nettle tea may be an effective treatment for iron-deficiency anemia, too. 
  • This herbal tea is also known for its ability to lessen bleeding. To ease long or heavy menstruation or reduce bleeding due to gingivitis or nosebleed, brew and savor some stinging nettle tea (a nettle tea compress may help stop a nosebleed, too). 

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Now that you know more about how very beneficial this amazing herbal tea can be for health and wellbeing, you may be ready to steep a cup so you can begin to enjoy nettle tea's goodness for yourself!

Drop by our Nettle Tea Recipes pages for some tips on making the perfect cup of nettle tea or some help with a nettle tea compress, bath, or hair rinse (if it's nettle tea's topical benefits you're interested in right now). 

More ways to enjoy the benefits of stinging nettle tea

Looking for a new way to include beneficial nettle tea (and other traditional and herbal teas) in your diet? How about a delicious, healthful tea smoothie? Our Tea Smoothie Book will help you get started with making nutritious tea smoothies.

And, if nettle tea is a new herbal tea for you, you can learn more about some potential cautions for nettle tea here

More about Nettle Tea Benefits


Benefits of Nettle Tea - Learn more about this nourishing, strengthening herbal tea, and how very good it is for health and wellness. 

Nettle Tea Benefits & You! - Love nettle tea? Why not share your comments about nettle tea with other visitors to our site? And, you can read what others have to say about nettle tea, too. 

Nettle for Hair - Learn more about how this amazing herb can boost hair health, plus some ways you can include nettle in your day to show your hair some love. 

Nettle Tea Recipes - How to make a lovely cup of nettle tea, plus recipes for a nettle tea compress, nettle tea bath, and more. 

Nettle Tea Side Effects - Read about some cautions and potential concerns related to nettle tea. 

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