The unheard health benefits of Nettle
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The unheard health benefits of Nettle

Egyptians used nettle to treat backache and arthritis and Roman troops used to rub it on their body

The unheard health benefits of Nettle

Nettle, scientific name- Urtica Dioica, is an underrated herb that can do wonders. It not only provides tons of medicinal benefits but its tea also tastes wonderful. The term 'Urtica Dioica' is derived from the Latin word pro which means “burn” because its leaves can cause a temporary burning sensation, rashes or irritation. Nevertheless, when cooked or dried, it can be consumed safely.

Stinging nettle has been in use since ancient times. Egyptians used nettle to treat backache and arthritis and Roman troops used to rub it on their body to stay warm.

Here are some of the benefits of Nettle leaves-

Reduce the symptoms of hay fever: Hay fever is an allergic disease that can cause inflammation of the inner lining of the nose. Using nettle leaves can be a promising organic ailment for hay fever. Although there is a need for some more long term human research to prove it as the perfect solution to the disease, many studies have shown good results.

Help to aid high blood sugar: According to PubMed, consuming nettle leaf safely shows low blood sugar levels in both humans and animals both. This plant also contains a compound that similarly works like insulin. Despite the promising effect of this herb, there is a need for more human research.

Lower blood pressure: High blood pressure is a serious health issue that can cause threatening diseases like cardiovascular diseases. Using this herb to maintain blood pressure is an age-old treatment. Studies say nettle leaves can help in lowering blood pressure by allowing blood vessels to relax and reducing the force of the heart’s contractions.

Help reduce inflammation: Inflammation is your body’s response to healing and toxins. Using these herbs can help to reduce inflammation which can further help to treat the inflammatory disease.

Nettle tea is an amazing tonic, which can help to treat a lot of health issues. It is enriched with antioxidants, vitamin K and minerals. So here is the recipe and ingredients you require to prepare nettle tea.


  • 1 part dried stinging nettle leaves
  • 1 part dried rose hips with seeds removed
  • 1 part dried mint leaves
  • honey

Steps to prepare:

  • Put all the dry ingredients in a mason jar. Measure 1 teaspoon of the dried tea mixture for each 8-ounce cup.
  • Now pour boiling water over the dried tea and let steep for 2-3 minutes. You can also keep it for a longer time for a stronger taste.
  • Strain out leaves before serving. Sweeten it with honey if desired.