Herbal teas are a great way to stay hydrated and support the health of the cells, tissues and organs. One of those herbal teas that are beneficial for our bodies is Stinging Nettle or Nettle tea. Nettle is a plant in the genus Urtica that originated as a native shrub in colder regions of Europe and Asia and is now found worldwide. Its root and above ground parts is use as medicine and is a wonderful health-boosting herb. It contains diuretic, astringent, pectoral, anodyne, tonic, rubefacient, styptic, anthelmintic, nutritive, hermetic, anti-rheumatic, anti-allergenic, decongestant, expectorant, anti-spasmodic, and anti-histamine, anti-lithic, herpetic, galactagogue, and anti-histamine therapeutic properties so this tea is very good for you. You can brew stinging nettle leaves in boiling water and drink daily as a curative for all ailments. Nettles are also high in vitamins A, C, K, calcium, potassium, and iron.
Nettle is particularly effective as a diuretic, so it helps prevent most types of kidney stones as well as urinary tract infections. By keeping water flowing through the kidneys and bladder, nettle helps keep crystals from forming into stones and washes bacteria away. Herbalists have even recommended stinging nettle as a treatment for the pain of arthritis and gout, anaemia, allergies and as a topical treatment for eczema, insect bites and painful muscles. It is also said to help nursing mothers produce milk and it also stimulate the digestive glands of the stomach, intestines, liver, pancreas, and gall bladder.
Nettle tea can also be of great help to those who suffer from diabetes, because it leads to the decrease of blood sugar and implicitly, of the glycemic level. Studies have shown that nettles have antihistamine properties that may help reduce allergic symptoms such as sneezing and itching.
Stinging nettle is generally considered safe, although it might cause mild stomach upset in some people and it could interact with certain medications. Exercise care when handling nettle since it might cause an allergic rash on your skin. Do not consume nettle tea if you are pregnant and do not use the herb to self-treat for any condition.