Urtica dioica and Laportea canadensis
Vitamin and mineral-rich nettle is used to detoxify the body, treat anemia, and relieve asthma. It has diuretic, astringent, and anti-allergenic properties and is widely recognized as an excellent tonic for women and men during all stages of life. An anti-inflammatory used to improve circulation and treat arthritis, rheumatism and gout, nettle clears out waste products, strengthens the mucosa of the urinary, digestive, and respiratory systems, and prevents uric acid build-up in the joints. In Germany, a standardized extract is sold for the treatment of inflammatory conditions and prostate disease.
Nettle leaf tea has a bright green color and a vaguely sweet, richly green flavor. A perennial favorite, nettle is wonderful hot or cold. Many customers prefer it as a healthful alternative to traditional iced tea and brew it by the gallon!
To brew loose tea, place a measuring teaspoon of tea in a tea strainer or loose in an eight-ounce cup. Add boiling water and steep for at least 10 minutes. Each 8oz recycled aluminum tin of tea (1oz net weight) brews approximately 20 cups.
To brew iced tea, place the natural abaca fiber 5"X3.5" brew bag in a 64oz container. Add about a quart and a half of boiling water. Steep for one hour. Chill. Add more water to taste. Each .2 oz brew bag will brew at least a half-gallon of tea. Remove bag within 24 hours. Keep refrigerated for five days. Plants love used tea leaves!
Note: Herbal data is provided for educational purposes only and has not been approved by the FDA.