Nettle Tea

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Updated: Feb. 28, 2012 

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About Nettle Tea

Leaves of a nettle plant, covered with stinging hairsUrtica dioica, the most common nettle species used in herbal tea. Public domain photo by Dinkum.
Nettle tea is a tea made from a group of plants called stinging nettles. The most commonly used species is Urtica dioica, often called the "Common Nettle". This species is native to temperate regions of Europe, Asia, North America, and northern Africa.

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.[1] However, these studies were on rats, and it is not yet clear the degree to which these benefits transfer to humans drinking nettle tea.

References:

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.

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Organic Nettle Leaf

Brand:Traditional Medicinals
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
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Organic Nettle Infusion

Brand:Clipper Teas
Region:Blend
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag
Picture of Nettle Leaf

Nettle Leaf

Brand:Mountain Rose Herbs
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeinated
Leaf:Loose
Picture of Nettle

Nettle

Brand:Alvita
Region:?????
Caffeine:Caffeine Free
Leaf:Teabag

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