Nettle known as stinging nettle is a shrub that comes from northern Europe & Asia. The Scientific name of nettle is Urtica Dioica. The plant is known by its stiff hairs that release stinging chemicals when touched & causes irritation.
The leaves, stem, roots from nettle plant can be crushed & made into powders, tinctures, creams & tea. Its though to originate in china where it was used medicinally. Today, people drink tea due to its stimulating or calming properties & health benefits.
How to make nettle tea
You can buy nettle tea loose or in teabags, if you have tea bags just boil water & dip bags into for 5-10 min. Tea is ready to serve or drink. Benefits:
- Stinging nettle is used to treat arthritis & lower back pain.
- Leaves have hair like structure that sting & leads to itching, redness & swelling. However, once it is processed into supplement, dried, looked can be safety consumed.
It contains following nutrients –
- Vitamin A, C & K
- Minerals like calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium & Sodium.
- Fats like linoleic Acid, Palmitic Acid, stearic & Oleic Acid
- Amino Acids
- Polyphenols like kaempferd, quercetin, Caffeic Acid, Coumarin and flavonoids
All these nutrients act as antioxidants inside your body. Nettle Tea reduces inflammation of cells. This powerful plant prevents conversion of testosterone into DHT which is main cause of hairfall. So, who are suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia can have nettle tea to reduce DHT levels. This acts as Natural DHT blockers.
It also stimulates Nitric Oxide Production which acts as vasodilator. It has also been noticed that stinging nettle acts as calcium channel blockers which relax your heart by reducing force of contraction. As this plant minimize effects of insulin used to lower blood sugar levels. Pregnant women should avoid consuming stinging nettle as it may trigger, uterine contractions, Patients who are on blood thinners, blood pressure medication, diuretics, and diabetes.