Nettle Leaf Tea Infusion for Beauty + Body

I am crazy for medicinal herbs and all of their magical healing powers. If you ask anyone who has been in my kitchen they will confirm that I am one herbal tincture or Yogi tea away from having a full blown herbal pharmacy.

A recent favorite that really love for spring and summer is Nettle Leaf Tea. In fact, allergy season is now over and I’m still using it as I feel so energized and clear minded from drinking my two cups a day!

Nettle Leaf Teas and Infusions have been in full rotation with clients for sometime now, especially with those nutrition patients who live in big cities where air pollution is bad or in the South when pollen season attack nearly everyone. Nettle Leaf Tea has been used for centuries to increase energy, brain function, and long-term radiant health. Many herbalists and clinical nutritionists, like myself, use this as a source for daily cleansing and nourishment.

Another happy side effect includes the incredibly natural diuretic effect on the body ridding your system of toxins and water weight that causes inflammation, swollen skin, edema, swollen ankles during pregnancy, and can also have a nice slimming effect on the body.

These tiny leafs are rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C (10 times more than citrus), vitamin B complex, vitamin E, amino acids, and beta-carotene (5x more Beta Carotene than in a carrot).

The high nutrient content of Nettles supports and alkalizes the immune system, nervous system, metabolism and skin health.  All of this equals more energy, brain function, and radiant energy. Many herbalists and nutritionists, like myself, use this as a source for daily cleansing and nourishment. Also, some of the star happy side effects from Nettle Leaf Tea are

Nettle Leaf tea and infusions can be used for a variety of health + beauty benefits like:

  • Stinging Nettle is rich in Vitamin A, C, D and K
  • It is also rich in Vitamin B- major vitamin for metabolism and help the body convert food to fuel
  • Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
  • It is a good source of iron, potassium, manganese, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, silica, iodine, silicon, sodium, and sulfur
  • Acts as a natural diuretic
  • Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
  • Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
  • Helps to support the adrenals
  • Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
  • Promotes milk production in lactating women
  • Relieves menopausal symptoms
  • Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
  • Helps break down kidney stones
  • Reduces hypertension
  • Helps with respiratory tract disease
  • Supports the kidneys
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces incident of prostate cancer
  • Minimizes skin problems
  • Eliminates allergic rhinitis
  • Lessens nausea
  • Can be used to combat the common cold
  • Alleviates diarrhea
  • Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation

You can use Nettles for daily detoxing with homemade herbal teas and infusions.

Stinging nettle leaf is a gentle diuretic, helping the body to process and flush away toxins. It flushes the kidneys and bladder to prevent and soothe urinary tract infections. The tea is ideal for sodium induced water retention and high blood pressure. Its diuretic effect decreases bloated “water weight” and other edema, streamlining and slimming the body. An added plus, nettle tea (alone, without other herbs) is considered safe in pregnancy and helps with aching legs and swollen ankles.

The herb’s diuretic action also flushes excess uric acid from muscles and joints, helping to relieve arthritic pain and inflammations. Also in its role as an anti-inflammatory, nettle tea is effective in treating the symptoms of itchy, watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing common in allergy season.

The Beauty Benefits: 

Because of its nourishing, diuretic, and anti-inflammatory properties, nettle tea is a natural beautifier to skin and hair. Nettle tea has been shown to clear acne and eczema as well as encourage thicker, shinier hair and new hair growth.

You’re able to buy nettle leaf tea in tea bags at most natural food stores. If you prefer, you can buy bulk nettle leaf and brew one tablespoon of dry leaf to one cup of steaming water for at least twenty minutes. The tea can be sweetened as you wish. I make half gallons of the tea at a time, steep it at least an hour and drink it as a refreshing iced tea.

Example Scenerio of how I recently used this:

While traveling over the holidays from NYC to Nashville (my Family) to Miami (NYE) and back home to NYC I experienced a lot of germs, a rundown immune system from holiday imbibing and all of the champagne toasts that go along with any holiday celebrations.

 

I made a half gallon batch of Nettle Tea with dried nettles herbs and hot water. I let the infusion sit overnight in room temperature on my kitchen countertop. Every morning I would pour a 10 oz glass of the tea, put a few ice cubes in with lemon juice and drink the beverage.

This was repeated 2-3 times a day. I felt after 24 hours my sinus issues had calmed down, I had much more energy and felt the brain fog leave my body.

The nettle tea beverages were repeated 3x a day for 1 week and as a happy side effect the PMS symptoms I had also melted away.

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The most concentrated way to take this is in an infusion: If you would like to make a homemade infusion see below for directions.

1. Overnight Infusion:

  1. Choose your food grade herbs (nettles for this recipe)
  2. Boil the water
  3. Add Nettle herbs into a half gallon mason jar and then any additional ingredients fresh ginger root…
  4. Cover and leave overnight or for at least 6 -10 (the longer you leave it, the more potent it will be)
  5. Strain herbs from liquid squeezing all the juices from the herbs
  6. Enjoy the infusion over ice, at room temp or hot with lemon

TIP: make a half gallon batch of this every 2- 3 days.

2. Hot Infusion- this is a less potent version of the overnight recipe but can be used daily

  1. Choose your food grade herbs (nettles for this recipe)
  2. Boil the water
  3. Add Nettle herbs into a half gallon mason jar and then any additional ingredients fresh ginger root…
  4. Cover and steep for 10-15 minutes
  5. Strain herbs from liquid squeezing all the juices from the herbs
  6. Enjoy the hot infusion

You can purchase Nettle Leaf Tea bag or fresh dried herbs.

Word of Caution: Potential Side Effects

As with any herbals or naturopathic medicinals, a little goes a long way usually. Always check your current medication to ensure you can combine herbals with meds.

  • It is a powerful diuretic, which is great if you suffer from fluid retention, but if combined with other diuretic drugs can result in dehydration.

If you currently have a medical condition consult with you health practitioner before start ANY new supplement or herbal.