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Nettle Tea

June 29, 2013

I have a ton of stinging nettle growing all over my yard so Ive been making a lot of nettle tea. You can make sun tea or brew it like regular tea. Just make sure you wear gloves to pick it or it will sting! Nettle is one of my favorite herbs. You can read how amazing this plant is HERE and about it’s medicinal benefits.

Here are the steps to harvesting and brewing:

This is how to spot it

This is how to spot it. You can see it jutting out from a few different places.

The leaves are oval with a little point.

The leaves are oval with a little point.

You can cut the big stem off and just use the leaves to brew.

You can cut the big stem off and just use the leaves to brew.

Make sure you wear gloves to harvest as the stem is thorny but so is the underside of the leaves and they can sting if you touch them with bare hands.

Make sure you wear gloves to harvest as the stem is thorny but so is the underside of the leaves and they can sting if you touch them with bare hands.

Place them in a pan of boiling water but turn off the boil and simmer for 20-40 minutes.

Place them in a pan of boiling water but turn off the boil and simmer for 20-40 minutes.

When the nettles are done you can use your bare hands. They won't sting you after brewing.

When the nettles are done you can use your bare hands. They won’t sting you after brewing.

Strain and enjoy the many benefits of Stinging Nettle!

Strain and enjoy the many benefits of Stinging Nettle!

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  • Melissa

    Hi.. Thanks for sharing your tea inspiration. I will say though, that the plant in your pictures looks a lot like Himalayan Blackberry, not Stinging Nettle.

  • Kate

    Hi, great idea to make tea from nettles; however, what you’re using doesn’t look like nettle (I have a huge patch of them in my garden), but looks more like bramble (blackberry) I’ve pasted a picture of stinging nettle, but don’t know if it will show!

  • Mmbop

    I agree with Kate and Melissa, the plant in the pictures is definitely not nettle. Definitely looks more like a bramble/blackberry/raspberry, difficult to tell until it fruits but not nettle.