Updated: Jun 3, 2018
Okay, I have to start by saying this is one of my favorite drinks ever! I've always been a sucker for iced tea - and with a generous dose of lemon juice, this really hits the spot.
I first tried nettle tea a few years ago when I was pregnant. I was searching for something to help with my leg cramps - and this herb, loaded with calcium and magnesium, is perfect for muscle and joint pain.
Nettle, which comes from the dried leaves of the stinging nettle plant, is generally considered a very safe herb. Because of it's rich mineral content, it's a calming tea - great for supporting the nervous system and the ailments associated with it (think: anxiety, depression and anything to do with stress). It's also fantastic for allergies! It's rich in iron and has a looooong list of other benefits - just do a quick internet search, there's likely something for you. ;)
We like to buy our nettle from Alternate Root Organics in Moose Jaw - Dallas is often through that area for work. In the Dauphin area, Dr. Kerry Gryba (ND) at Flourish Natural Health has loose nettle leaves. In Yorkton, you can find it at Good Earth's Shop. In Regina, it's available at Head to Heal Wellness Centre and Old Fashion Foods. Most natural health stores carry nettle tea bags as well, but this recipe uses the loose leaf.
The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and stored in the fridge for a few days. I usually have at least one jar on the go. Both Dallas and Nellie are big fans of the iced tea too. If you like things sweeter, you could try adding a bit of honey or stevia - but I love it as is. It just makes me feel good!
1/4 cup dried nettle leaves
4 cups water, divided
juice of 1 small/medium lemon, to taste Directions:
1. Place the nettle leaves in a small glass bowl or measuring cup. 2. Bring 1 cup of water to a boil and pour it over nettle leaves, giving it a stir to make sure all leaves are submerged. 3. Let steep for at least 15 minutes. I often let mine sit longer, sometimes up to 4-6 hours. 4. Strain the tea into a 1 quart jar, wringing out the nettle leaves. Discard nettle leaves. 5. Add the lemon juice and the rest of the water to the tea jar. Enjoy! It's good to drink as soon as it's made but I prefer the flavor after it's had a bit of time to sit together.