Nourishing nettle tea has so many benefits for good health, but keep potential nettle tea side effects and cautions in mind, too, when you're getting to know this lovely herbal tea.
Teas (both traditional and herbal) are such enjoyable, healthful beverages, we tend to forget that not every tea is the best choice for each of us. So, when you're thinking of adding a new tea to your day, be sure to do a bit of reading about any possible concerns or cautions connected to that tea.
Here are some potential nettle tea side effects and cautions to consider.
As with any tea you're just getting to know, introduce nettle tea to your diet slowly, until you know whether it's a good fit for you.
Some people do experience tummy troubles (like upset stomach or diarrhea) or some other sort of reaction to nettle, so start out with a small portion of nettle tea, and watch for any indications that your body doesn't like or want this tea (like runny nose, itchy skin, or watery eyes).
There is a very good reason why nettle is also called "stinging nettle" or "burn nettle" - both humans and animals experience moderate to severe skin irritation, itch, inflammation, and even blisters when coming into direct skin contact with fresh nettle leaves. So, if you're harvesting (or if you've been given) some nice fresh nettle leaves for making nettle tea, please ensure you wear thick gloves and long sleeves while you're handling it
If you are stung by a nettle plant, try to resist the urge to scratch... When you get home, wash the area gently with water and soap, and apply a soothing, natural anti-itch treatment (like calendula cream or a chamomile tea bath or compress) to soothe the irritation.
Once fresh nettle has been soaked, cooked, or dried, it loses its stinging chemicals and can be handled and eaten safely. (Don't ingest the fresh plant.)
Already a nettle-tea lover, or thinking of adding this nutritious herbal tea to your tea routine? If you're currently taking any prescription or over-the-counter medications or other herbal remedies, have a chat with your primary care provider first about any potential nettle tea side effects or possible interactions.
This is especially important if you're being treated or are taking any medications for diabetes, high or low blood pressure, or any kidney concerns. Nettle tea may interact with various types of medications, such as blood thinners, water pills, blood pressure medication, and sedatives.
Also, nettle tea is well-known as an effective remedy for various respiratory concerns, such as hay fever, allergies, and mild asthma, but it's important that you check with your naturopathic doctor or another healthcare provider before adding nettle tea to your asthma or allergy treatment routine.
While some sources recommend nettle tea as a beneficial pregnancy tonic, other sources indicate that nettle tea should be avoided during pregnancy, as it may stimulate uterine contractions (potentially bringing on a miscarriage).
If you are expecting a little bundle of joy, please pay a visit to your primary care provider and have a chat with her or him about any potential cautions and concerns with teas (including nettle tea) while you're pregnant, just to ensure you're keeping yourself and your baby safe and healthy.
Various sources suggest that nettle tea may promote lactation. If you're a parent or parent-to-be with questions about breastfeeding, check with your trusted healthcare professional about whether nettle tea is a safe, beneficial choice for you and your baby.
Herbal teas (like nettle) are such delightful, healthful beverages to include in your day. Chockfull of benefits, they enhance and support good physical, mental, and emotional health in a multitude of ways.
Even with all those health and wellness benefits, it's still important, when you're adding a new herbal tea or remedy to your day (simply for enjoyment or as part of a specific treatment plan or wellness goal), to stay informed about the tea and use your good common sense, too. And, of course, your herbalist, naturopath, or another healthcare provider is a great source of information for any questions you may have (about potential nettle tea side effects and concerns, for example).
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