How to Make Nettle Tea

Ready to get brewing? Here are some recipes and tips for how to make nettle tea (not only for a delicious beverage, but also for a healing compress and warm nurturing bath).

Stinging nettle tea is a tonic for the body, and the health and wellness benefits of this fragrant herbal tea range from easing hay fever symptoms and relieving joint ailments to boosting energy and detoxing the kidneys. 

And, nettle tea isn't only delicious and beneficial served hot or iced - it can also provide amazing support for our bodies when used topically (in a compress, bath, or hair rinse, for example). 

If you're ready to enjoy how very good this lovely tea can be for your health, but you're wondering how to make nettle tea, here are simple nettle tea recipes for you. 

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How to make nettle tea

Making nettle tea is so simple, and has such tasty results (just like making any other herbal tea). For this nettle tea recipe, use dried nettle leaves or a convenient nettle teabag. (You'll find a recipe for how to make nettle tea from fresh nettle below.)

How to Make Nettle Tea | The Tea Talk

You'll need...

  • 1 nettle teabag or 1 tablespoon dried nettle leaves
  • 8 oz. fresh, just-boiled water
  • Optional: your favorite healthy sweetener (like honey or organic sugar) and any other extras to taste, like mint or citrus

To make the tea...

  1. Add the teabag or dried nettle leaves to your favorite cup or mug (an infuser mug or tea ball works great for loose tea leaves). 
  2. Cool the just-boiled water slightly (herbal teas are best steeped in hot water, rather than boiling water), and then pour into your cup. 
  3. Cover and let your nettle tea steep for 10 to 15 minutes (this longer brewing time brings out the tea's best flavor and fullest benefits). 
  4. Remove the teabag or loose tea leaves.
  5. Optional: Add extras to taste, like sweetener, lemon, or mint. 

Now, all that's left is to enjoy your wonderfully healthful nettle tea. 

If you're craving more than a cup of nettle herbal tea or if you're planning to share, simply multiply the recipe ingredients proportionately. 

Nettle tea is delicious served hot, iced, or even at room temperature. It has a tasty, earthy flavor that is very enjoyable on its own, but this herbal tea is also wonderfully delicious when combined with mint, citrus, or other herbal teas, like chamomile. Some do prefer it sweetened, too. 

Nettle leaves or nettle root? 

Both nettle leaves and the root of the nettle plant can be very beneficial for good health, each in their own uniquely special way. While nettle leaf is a general tonic that targets a multitude of ailments and health concerns, nettle root is more often recommended for prostate health, diuretic benefits, and joint ailments. 

Fresh Stinging Nettle Tea Recipe

If you've gathered or have been given some lovely fresh nettle and would like to make some delicious tea, here is a very simple recipe for fresh nettle tea. In this recipe, the tea is decocted (which means the ingredients are simmered together), rather than steeped. 

Remember to wear thick gloves and long sleeves while handling fresh nettle leaves to avoid being stung.

You'll need...

  • 1 cup of fresh, young nettle leaves (trim away as much of the stem as possible), washed well
  • 2 - 3 cups fresh, delicious water
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons honey, organic sugar, or another favorite sweetener
How to Make Nettle Tea | The Tea Talk

To make the tea...

  1. Combine all ingredients together in a large saucepan, and bring to the boil on the stovetop. 
  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 - 10 minutes. 
  3. Strain the tea, pour into mugs, and enjoy!

This recipe makes enough so you can share with a friend, or set some tea aside to enjoy later. Why not let the extra nettle tea cool and then pop it into the fridge to enjoy iced with a slice or two of lemon later? 

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Nettle tea is lovely as a beverage, but that's not the only way you can benefit from this healthful herbal tea... You'll find more recipes for a nettle tea compress, foot bath, and more here. Nettle tea is also very beneficial for hair health (especially for thinning hair) - learn more about nettle for hair, plus try an amazing nettle hair mask, here

And don't forget to ask your qualified herbalist or naturopath about nettle tea for you and your household before adding this tea to your tea cupboard. You can also learn more about some precautions associated with nettle tea on our Nettle Tea Side Effects page

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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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