Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of this recipe! Nettles are deeply restorative for many of our body systems, providing a variety of phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. They are adrenal, kidney and urinary tract supportive and this tea is a wonderful general tonic.
Here are some of their key medicinal properties:
- Very safe, slightly diuretic
- Highly nutritive; calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium and silica
- High in chlorophyll and vitamin C
- Gentle kidney tonic
- Uterine tonic
- Joint pain
- Hot flashes
- ¼ cup dried nettle leaf (I get these organic nettles)
- Filtered water
- Put the nettles in the jar
- Fill the jar with 1 cup of room temperature water. Top it off with 3 cups of hot water just off the boil.
- Tightly close the lid and allow to steep for 24 hours.
- Strain the plant material out (squeeze well).
- Enjoy warm or over ice.
Quart Jar (heat proof)
Refrigerate and drink/use within 24 hours.
Find more hormone-balancing recipes in Overcoming Estrogen Dominance
“The body has an amazing ability to heal. We just need to give it the right resources.”
In Overcoming Estrogen Dominance, my goal is to empower and give you the tools to take control of your hormones and health.
More than 70% of women experience estrogen dominance. The symptoms range from lumpy and fibrocystic breasts to thyroid nodules, hot flashes, fibroids, uterine polyps, painful, heavy or irregular periods to infertility and miscarriages, from mood swings to insomnia, weight gain to fatigue.
So many women have experienced the pain and frustration that comes when they feel their symptoms and complaints are dismissed or minimized. This is particularly true for women who are experiencing the symptoms of hormone imbalance. Even when doctors do offer treatment, it’s typically in the form of prescription medication or invasive surgical procedures.
In Overcoming Estrogen Dominance, I hope to show that those extreme interventions are often unnecessary, and to give women a roadmap to reverse estrogen dominance. You’ll find easy and healing recipes, meal plans, and natural protocols to help rebalance your hormones.
To get your copy of Overcoming Estrogen Dominance, go here.
Do you know of a reliable, trustworthy source for nettle ROOT? Would a root tonic be prepared in the same manner?
Magdalena uses the nettle leaf in this infusion. The root does not have the same properties and is often used for prostate health. You can try Mountain Rose Herbs to find the root.
Thanks, Angela HB Team
I noticed the recipe states that the infusion should be consumed within 24 hours. How many ounces a day does Magdalena recommend drinking of the infusion?
If this is new to you-you can try 1/2-1 cup/per day. Since this makes more, maybe you can share it with others. ~Deanna HB Team
I started making this recipe last week and I am loving it so far. I’ve been drinking 2-3 cups almost every day since then. Is it safe to use nettle as an everyday drink or should I take breaks from it?
I’m wondering the same thing, is there a maximum limit for health and safety?
Can I use fresh nettles for this using the same quantaties?
Thank you! Since it’s in season now, how do you recommend drying it for out of season times?
I grow my nettles in my garden every year. I pick the leaves and put them in my dehydrator at 95 degrees to keep the leaves well. After a day in the dehydrator I either store them or use them as a tea.
Thanks again Magdalena
for the wonderful NATUTAL
NATTLE – is very popular
Hi. Just an FYI, the link goes to spearmint, not nettles. I have a Harvestright home freeze dryer and look forward to preserving nettle this year! 😀
Here’s the correct link Cherie.
I am guessing it is okay to touch the dehydrated nettles with your hands.
Yes, they no longer have the stinging element!
Good morning mam. Thanks for ur useful advice. I am an Indian. So how to use it. Basically the temperature of India is different to America. Shall I plant the seeds in my garden for mY sake. How to use and how to freeze. Please key me know. Thank you shall. I buy from Amazon.
Hi Magy, perhaps you could google it to see whether nettle has been grown successfully in your area. The how to use is in the post, and freezing wouldn’t be necessary if you dry the nettles after harvesting.
– Lori HB team
I am trying not to use amazon anymore as they still have the NRA tv show. I got a pound of nettles directly from Frontier Herbs: https://www.frontiercoop.com.
I also have raised some nettles from seed and am ready to transplant them They are so cute!
Thanks for sharing the link and the resource Mary!
Why does it have to be drank within 24 hours? Does it go bad or lose its vitamins or just get stronger? Are you supposed to drink all of it within the 24 hours? I quite like it cold straight out of the fridge. Hopefully it will help my allergies. Thanks for the recipe.
I have nettles growing in my yard. I do not own a dehydrator . Can I still do the tea with the leaves successfully?
Yes! Here’s a helpful article about harvesting and using your own nettles.
Greetings, Can I use the dead nettle that is all over my yard or does it have to be stinging?
Yes, you can use dead nettles instead of stinging nettles.
[…] Nettle (Urtica Dioica) […]
[…] can start getting nettles into your diet by making up this Nettle Infusion. It’s super easy and very beneficial to your health. It’s important to know that, if you’re […]
I can’t tolerate quercetin because it gives me heart palpitations. Is it better to get nettles in a supplement or infusion?
This would be a personal preference. Just be sure with any supplement, that you look at the full ingredients included in the formula.
I have used stinging nettle leaves as part of the mix called mama’s red raspberry brew from bulk herb store.
( https://www.bulkherbstore.com/products/mamas-red-raspberry-brew-organic-1-2-lb?_pos=1&_sid=380c0bf54&_ss=r )
It has many beneficial qualities and has helped friends of mine with issues they were having.
I highly recommend it.