How To Make Nettle Tea
Have you ever wondered how to make to make nettle tea? You would be surprised to find how simple it is to make it. People have used wild bushes traditionally for all kinds of illnesses and a popular bush that falls in this category is nettle. Nettle is a herb used widely to treat various ailments ranging from viral infections, congestion, allergies and kidney stones.
Things you need:
- Sugar (optional)
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Locate the nettle plant. Look in your backyard first. If you cannot locate it there, you can try other places in your neighborhood. However, avoid areas that have automobiles and pesticides--look for clean areas such as riverbanks. You want to make sure the nettle bush you select is not contaminated with any dangerous objects or chemicals.
- Cut the stem or leaves from the nettle plant. Do not pull up the entire plant because you may want to make more nettle tea in the future and you will need the plant again.
- Chop or cut the nettle bushes using a pair of scissors. If you are using fresh leaves, be careful because the bushes sting a little. It might be a good idea to wear gloves. This way you avoid getting sting from the bush.
- Obtain one cup of water. Boil the water for a few minutes. Pour the hot water over two to three tablespoons of the fresh nettle. If you are using the dried nettle bush, use four to five tablespoon of the dried nettle instead. Let it steep for anywhere between five to eight minutes. The time really depends on your taste some people like nettle tea strong while some people prefer a weak brew.
- Strain your nettle mixture. Add the tea to your favorite cup or pot.
- Add your favorite sweetener. Nettle tea is not sweet and most people will not enjoy the bitter taste. You can add sugar or honey to sweeten the mixture. For additional flavor, add lemon juice, peppermint, lemon balm or any other flavor that appeals to you. The lemon juice will turn the mixture slightly pink, but it would not affect the effectiveness of the tea.
Now, you see how easy it is to make nettle tea? Do not hesitate to give it try. However, if you should notice any allergic reaction to nettle tea, stop drinking. If you are pregnant, you should not drink nettle tea.