Homemade Nettle Tea

Nettles

Nettles are here and we are loving them.  They are like a cross between mint and spinach and one of the first green leaves of the summer.  Some call them weeds, we call them feed!

Nettle leaves can be dried and enjoyed later in the year, or just thrown straight in a pan of boiling water.  They can also be stir fried to great effect as a spinach substitute.

Nettle tea can also be made for your garden, it makes great plant feed.  You just need a load of nettles in a large container covered with water.  Every day, stir them.  This will stink after a while, keep going for 4 weeks and you have some seriously good feed that can be used on tomatoes.  Great natural fertiliser.

You can even throw some nettles leaves in a bath of hot water, it apparently helps to relieve aches and pains.  We haven’t tried this one out, please check that the sting is long gone before diving in!

Brewing the nettles

For the drinking variety:

The Bits

Nettle leaves (1 cup of leaves makes 2 cups of tea), Water

Do It

Boil water in a pan, add leaves.

Homemade Nettle Tea

Serve

In your finest mug.

We Love It!

It literally grows on trees (well bushes).

Foodie Fact

Nettle is a natural elixir, invigorating the body in preparation for the busy summer time. It is a strong blood purifier and helps to dissolve kidney stones.  It is ant-inflammatory and can help with arthritis, high blood pressure and helps to clean out the digestive system.

Learn more about nettles and sustainable living on this great site, earth easy.

Categories: 'The Good Life', Budget, Detox, Foraging, Garden, Healthy Living, Infusions, Local food, Recipes, Tea, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wild food | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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6 thoughts on “Homemade Nettle Tea

  1. Kinenchen

    This is awesome. We had ramps and fiddle heads in abundance a few weeks ago and I can’t wait to jump on nettles! Thanks for reminding me they’re out there.🙂

  2. I had just foraged some this week! Love the medicinal power of nettles!😉

  3. Rach

    How long do you boil the nettles for & do you remove the leaves before taking a swig?

  4. Very interesting! I have them growing in my gardens and I swear every time I see one! Lol maybe now I will gather them and have tea!
    Thanks for the like on my post!🙂

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