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.
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.)
To make the tea...
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.
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.
To make the tea...
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?
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.