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The stinging nettle (Urtica) spurned in the garden has a great healing effect. For centuries, the plant has been used as a food, tea, juice or extract for all kinds of cures and against various ailments. Particularly popular is the simply prepared nettle tea, which you can easily make yourself, in the treatment of gout, urinary tract and prostate complaints, respiratory diseases and hay fever. And nettles are not only used in the kitchen - there are also numerous nettle preparations in natural medicine and cosmetics.
For the preparation of medicinal preparations from stinging nettle different stinging nettle types are used. If the leaves of the stinging nettle are dried, drenched, boiled or watered, they lose their burning power and can be eaten without hesitation. The medicinal effect of stinging nettle has been studied in several clinical studies.
Stinging nettle - a weed in the garden, a medicinal herb in medicine
Make nettle tea yourself
To make fresh nettle tea yourself, you need a handful of fresh, young nettle herb (before flowering!) Or two to three tablespoons of dried. This is poured over with half a liter of boiling water. Cover the nettle tea for three to five minutes and then strain the leaves. Refined with sugar or honey, the tea can be drunk hot or cold. For a spring cure with nettle tea, it is best to cut fresh nettle leaves every day. Do not forget gloves!
In autumn, when the stinging nettles are fresh again after the summer cut, you can repeat the treatment. For nettle tea cures, be sure to start with one cup a day and then slowly increase the amount. The maximum daily dose is 12 grams of nettle leaves - and longer than six weeks, a tea cure should not take. If nettle tea is not drunk as a stimulant, but as a detoxification or urinary tract cure with up to three cups a day, you should also pay attention to a sufficient supply of water in the form of mineral water!
Although nettle tea tastes best fresh, dried leaves can also be used for tea
Effect of nettle tea
The contents of the nettle, especially the flavonoids, have a dehydrating (astringent) and anti-bacterial effect. Therefore, nettle tea is used primarily for removing stored water from the body cells (for example, after prolonged cortisone treatment or cellulite). The dehydrating effect is also touted in the beauty industry as "detoxifying" and "detoxifying". The increased production of urine through stimulation of the kidneys helps to get rid of toxins faster (for example, after prolonged use of medication). Flushing therapies with stinging nettle cleanse and strengthen the urinary tract by the contained potassium. Also, a mitigating effect on the symptoms of enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia) by nettle extracts has already been confirmed by a study.
A stinging nettle tea cure can also desensitize hay fever and reduce itching and sneezing through the contained histamine. The vitamins contained in the stinging nettle (especially A and C) and trace elements strengthen health and defenses. The immune-strengthening effect of the nettle is even significantly higher than that of the known Echinacea. Pads with towels dipped in cooled nettle tea relieve acne and skin irritation. And last but not least, nettle tea is a spicy, fresh food that can be easily harvested in your own garden and processed in just a few simple steps.
Stinging nettles are freshly harvested in the garden
Side effects of nettle tea
For sensitive people, drinking nettle tea can cause stomach discomfort. Allergy sufferers respond with rash and itching and should avoid the tea. And even with reduced heart or kidney function you should do without the nettle tea. Excessive consumption threatens dehydration.
Nettle tea in pregnancy
In pregnancy, many women are looking for natural products to get rid of water retention in the tissues. The consumption of nettle tea is controversial during pregnancy. Both the possible side effects such as restlessness and muscle pain as well as the severe drainage can have a negative effect on the development of pregnancy. Of nettle tea during pregnancy and during breast-feeding is therefore advised against by most doctors.