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).

How to Make Nettle Tea | The Tea Talk

Stinging nettle tea is a tonic for the body, and the wellness benefits of this fragrant herbal tea range from alleviating hay fever symptoms and easing joint aches 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 wellbeing, but you're wondering how to make nettle tea, here are some easy, quick recipes for you. 

How to make nettle tea

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

You'll need...

  • 1 nettle teabag or 1 tablespoon dried nettle leaves
  • 8 oz. fresh, just-boiled water
  • Optional:  your favorite healthy sweetener, plus any other extras to taste, like mint or citrus (lime is especially refreshing)

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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 20 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, lime, or mint.

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

Iced Nettle Tea

As a rule of thumb, when you're making iced tea, double the number of teabags or amount of loose tea you would typically use for hot tea. This will ensure your tea will still be beautifully flavorful once you've chilled it and added ice. 

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 so very delicious when combined with mint, citrus, or another herbal tea, like chamomile. Some do prefer it sweetened, too. 

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Fresh Stinging Nettle Tea Recipe

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

How to Make Nettle Tea | The Tea Talk

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 organic honey or another favorite sweetener

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 lime or lemon later? 

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Nettle leaves or nettle root? 

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

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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 here for a nettle tea compress, foot soak, and more. Nettle tea is also very beneficial for hair health (especially for thinning hair) - you can read more on our Nettle for Hair pages

And don't forget to have a chat with 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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