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Weedy Wednesdays with Karlie Eat to Live - Stinging Nettle Tea

Anyone living in the country side may be lucky enough to have what's usually moaned and groaned about as a noxious invasive weed growing on their property. This loathed weed was doomed to be repeatedly ripped out from the bush (gloves, always use gloves, or ouchies!) by my Mum on her Tasmanian property, but we did some investigating and discovered that the old nettle is in fact quite the secret superfood and has a long list of medicinal properties. So we donned thy garden gloves, snipped off a few sprigs, blanched the living daylights out of them to remove that pesky sting as per Dr Google instructions, and enjoyed a cleansing, healthful non-stinging nettle tea, gingerly at first, then with growing gusto as the fear of ye olde sting quickly diminished with the infusion down our gullets.

Harvesting and using stinging nettles

Harvesting and using stinging nettles

Why the hell are we deliberately drinking a stinging noxious weed you may ask? Read on comrades and fellow seekers of superior health.

Sipping On Stinging Nettle Tea For Better Health:

"Milarepa, the Tibetan saint, was said to have lived on nothing but stinging nettles for decades of meditation. Yet another weed that most of us pull and throw out, like dandelions, nettle is a wonderful health-boosting herb that should never be dowsed with weed-killer, but plucked and dried to make into an herbal panacea that could make the local pharmacy go bankrupt.

"To give you an idea of just how powerful this singular plant is, nettle has the potential to treat the following ailments:

"Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
Nettle relieves arthritis symptoms
Nettle promotes a release from uric acid from joints
Helps to support the adrenals
It helps with diabetes mellitus
Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
Promotes milk production in lactating women
Relieves menopausal symptoms
Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
Helps break down kidney stones
Reduces hypertension
Helps with respiratory tract disease
Supports the kidneys
Helps asthma sufferers
Stops bleeding
Reduces inflammation
Reduces incident of prostate cancer
Minimizes skin problems
Eliminates allergic rhinitis
Lessens nausea
Cures the common cold
Helps with osteoarthritis
Alleviates diarrhea
Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash.
Has been shown to be helpful to in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease
Relieves neurological disorders like MS, ALS and sciatica
Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
Supports the endocrine health by helping the thyroid, spleen and pancreas

You can brew stinging nettle leaves in almost boiling water , which eliminates its stinging properties. Drink it daily as a curative to all these ailments. Just be sure to check with your doctor since nettle can interfere with certain pharmaceuticals. Enjoy nettle tea benefits today."

Stinging nettle tea

Stinging nettle tea