When I was little, I stayed clear of this lightly poisonous plant as soon as I learned how itchy and hurtful it could be. Now that I’m grown up, I can’t get enough of it!
Most of the time, we pull out this “weed” and throw it out, such as we would do with another under appreciated but helpful plant, the dandelion. If we were to pluck it and dried it to make teas we could try and make a local pharmacy or two go bankrupt. Nettle, the plant most of us first encountered as children and almost everybody remembers for the stinging pain it caused, is actually very beneficial to your body. Here is a list of some of the benefits of stinging nettle tea:
While the fresh version is, as the name suggests, stinging, the dried up counterpart of stinging nettle is great in relieving dried or infected skin. Usually, the tea is cooled down and then applied directly to the hurt area.
Reduces Allergy Symptoms
Stinging nettle tea has been used to treat hay fever and its symptoms; most herbal practitioners recommend it to relieve allergies and stress due to the change of seasons.
It Helps You Change Liquids
Just like any other brew, the benefits of nettle tea include the faster elimination of bacteria through liquid exchange. Plus, nettles contain a very high amount of calcium which can easily be accessed by infusion.
Benefits of Stinging Nettles Hair Mask
Drinking stinging nettles tea is not enough for you? Try out a hair mask! Boil down the nettle and mash it down, then apply it to your hair or to your skin. This helps get rid of dandruff and acne!
As we already said, nettle is well known for its stinging properties. By drying up the leaves and brewing them to create the tea you will completely remove the sting. Handle with care nonetheless!
I hope you found these stinging nettle facts and tips useful. Put them to good use!