Nettle TeaWikipedia: Nettle
Updated: Feb. 28, 2012
About Nettle Tea
Nettle tea is remarkable in that it is produced from a plant that is covered with hairs that produce a painful sting when touched. The stinging hairs, however, are completely destroyed upon heating. The nettle, protected by its stinging hairs from being eaten by herbivores, is nutrient rich and edible as a cooked vegetable in addition to being used as an herbal tea.
Health benefits:Nettle has a long history of traditional use for hypertension, rheumatism, and as a diuretic. More recently, it was also studied for other properties, and was found to have antioxidant and antimicrobial activity, ulcer-preventing properties, and also an analgesic (pain-killing) effect. However, these studies were on rats, and it is not yet clear the degree to which these benefits transfer to humans drinking nettle tea.
1. Ilhami Gülçin et. al., Antioxidant, antimicrobial, antiulcer, and analgesic activities of nettle (Urtica dioica L.), Journal of Ethnopharmacology, Vol. 90, pp. 205-215, 2004.
Examples of Nettle Tea
The following are examples of the 8 selections of Nettle Tea in our database.