10 Health Benefits of Nettle Tea

November 6, 2023 5 mins to read
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For centuries, nettle tea (Urtica dioica) has quietly graced the herbal medicine cabinets of cultures around the world, earning its place as a healing elixir in the realms of alternative, Ayurvedic, and Chinese medicine. Nettle tea has a rich history…it’s leaves and roots have been praised for their remarkable health benefits. From ancient Ayurvedic practitioners in India to the skilled herbalists of traditional Chinese medicine, nettle tea has transcended borders, leaving a legacy of wellness and vitality in its wake. In this article I outline 10 health benefits of nettle tea, that make this a worthwhile addition to your tea collection.

1. Nutrient-Rich

Packed with vitamins A, C, and K, along with essential minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium, nettle tea is a nutrient dense superfood that can be part of a healthy diet and a way to supplement nutrient intake.

2. Anti-Inflammatory

Nettle tea boasts compounds with potent anti-inflammatory properties. With inflammation being a driving force behind disease, nettle tea can potentially reduce inflammation linked to chronic diseases like arthritis, chron’s and more.

3. Allergy Relief

You’re probably familiar with anti-histamine medications? Well for the less severe allergies, Nettle tea Harnesses natural antihistamines which can offer relief from seasonal allergies including (but not limited to): quelling sneezing, runny noses, and itchy eyes.

4. Joint Pain Relief:

Nettle tea’s anti-inflammatory effects make it a potential remedy for health issues like arthritis and joint discomfort, providing relief from pain and stiffness.

5. Blood Sugar Control

Some studies suggest nettle tea may assist in regulating blood sugar levels, potentially benefiting those managing Pre or Type 2 diabetes. However More research is needed in this area.

6. Digestive Health

Nettle tea has long been used to promote digestive well-being, aiding conditions like indigestion, chron’s, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and more. Likely part of Nettles support of digestive health, is it’s rich nutrient profile, and anti-inflammatory properties.

7. Diuretic Properties

Acting as a mild diuretic, nettle tea stimulates urine production, aiding in water retention management and potentially assisting with conditions like high blood pressure. Diuretics can be beneficial in moderation for detoxing as long as adequate liquid intake is maintained.

8. Hair and Skin Health

Who doesn’t want better skin? Nettle tea can also be used topically to: enhance hair growth, improve scalp health, and aid in alleviating skin conditions like eczema.

9. Supports Heart Health

With its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties, nettle tea may contribute to lower blood pressure and overall heart health. This is valuable because the heart can’t recover quite like other organs or tissues in the body, which makes maintaining it a top priority.

10. Rich in Antioxidants

Nettle tea is packed with antioxidants e.g. vitamin C, that combat oxidative stress and protect cells from free radical damage. Much disease can spawn from to much oxidative damage in the body combined with a lack of dietary antioxidants. Most people can benefit from adding more antioxidants to their diet.

Conclusion

While nettle tea offers numerous potential benefits, like anything moderation is key! I’m a big fan of rotating or cycling your herbal teas – meaning a few days of one tea and a few days of another tea…If you have any health concerns or are taking medications, remember to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating nettle tea into your routine. You an also book an appointment as my patient if you want to add nettle tea as part of a tailored nutritional plan to support your health issues or over-all health. Pregnant or nursing individuals should exercise caution when consuming herbal teas, including nettle tea. So, why not explore the world of nettle tea and unlock its many healthful secrets?

References

  1. Nutrient-Rich: Roschek et al. (2009) in the “Journal of Rheumatology” highlight nettle’s high nutritional content, including vitamins and minerals.
  2. Anti-Inflammatory: Johnson et al. (2013) in “Phytotherapy Research” discuss the anti-inflammatory properties of nettle.
  3. Allergy Relief: Mittman (1990) in “Planta Medica” demonstrates the antihistamine effects of nettle in treating allergic rhinitis.
  4. Joint Pain Relief: Rayburn et al. (2009) in “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” study the analgesic properties of nettle in arthritis management.
  5. Blood Sugar Control: Roman et al. (2013) in “Clinical Laboratory” explore nettle’s potential in managing diabetes.
  6. Digestive Health: Gilani et al. (2005) in “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” investigate the gastroprotective effects of nettle.
  7. Diuretic Properties: Kreydiyyeh et al. (2000) in the “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” analyze the diuretic action of nettle.
  8. Hair and Skin Health: Roschek et al. (2009) discuss nettle’s benefits for skin and hair.
  9. Heart Health: Hajiaghaalipour et al. (2015) in “Hypertension Research” investigate nettle’s cardiovascular benefits.
  10. Rich in Antioxidants: Gülçin et al. (2004) in “Journal of Ethnopharmacology” highlight the antioxidant properties of nettle.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website. The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of any health care agency or government entity in Canada or the United States.

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