Nettle is a wild herb that stings; it grows everywhere and people pretty much leave it alone. It has however extraordinary properties and in the Shouf region in Lebanon, people forage it and make a distilled water with the leaves to drink as a tea with some hot water and a sweetener. Taste is like those minty throat lozenges, but once you add a sweetener it is quite good~
Nettle leaves are known to cure allergies and hay fever, much more so than the usual over-the-counter drugs. It is also reputed to fortify the blood, lower hypertension and arthritis; nettle leaves are a diuretic and can eliminate urinary diseases. Nettle leaves can help with dandruff and baldness. Nettle leaves decrease blood sugar, helping people with diabetes.
To make nettle tea, gather a few leaves (clean) and place in a mug; add 8 oz of just boiled water and soak the leaves for 10 minutes; drain and drink, with sugar to taste (or not).
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