Nettle Tea Infusion

Learn how to infuse Nettle tea!

Nettle is a delicious and beneficial beverage that helps reduce oxidative stress, relieve pain and inflammation, lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, and fight cancer. It also treats urinary problems, soothes allergies and hives, treats gout, and improves skin, hair, and bone health. The tea is a detox drink that helps treat hay fever, boost the immune system, protect the heart, and optimize digestion among others.

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Nettle tea can be quite a strong beverage, and has a rapid effect on the body, primarily due to the flavonoids, carotenoids, vitamins, and minerals found in the plant. Stinging nettle is rich in vitamins A, B, C, D, and K. As compared to leafy green vegetables, it is richer in calcium and magnesium. The leaves are protein-dense equivalent to spinach, and the same leaves can be dried and steeped into a tea. It also contains iodine, iron, silicon, and potassium.

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2-3 tablespoons of Nettle steeped in 20 Oz of hot water for 24 hours will do the trick! Strain and enjoy 🌿

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Why an infusion? You can get certain nutrients out of a dried plant only after soaking it in hot water for a long time. Scientific studies have shown that it takes at least four hours for a significant amount of minerals to extract into the water, and longer (up to eight hours) for roots, which are tougher and take longer to release their medicinal constituents into the water. If you make a cup of nettle tea (1-2 teaspoons steeped in hot water for ten minutes), you would get about 5-10 mg of calcium, but if you make a cup of nettle long infusion (1 oz. steeped in 1 quart hot water for a minimum of four hours), you will get over 200 mg of calcium per cup. And not just the calcium, but all the nutritional co-factors necessary to effectively assimilate calcium, because calcium by itself is not well utilized by the body.

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Herbal infusions can be enjoyed on a one-time basis to provide nutrition, thereby improving your energy and performance for the day. They can also be used on a regular basis as part of a healthy diet. Some people like to rotate them for variety, while others stick with one herb over a length of time as a tonic to help treat a particular health condition (2 cups daily for a minimum of two months). It’s fine to add honey, milk or a pinch of cinnamon, and you can drink them warm or at room temperature – listen to your body’s preferences!

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