October 18, 2012 • Category: Beverages
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.
For more info on nettle benefits, click here, and here.
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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Joumana, I wonder what nettle is called in Indian languages. I am now going to do a search now! I love the benefits of it that you have mentioned and would love to try it.
On October 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm
It’s strange for me, but I’ll try it.
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On July 19, 2013 at 7:41 am
Where can I buy nettle tea or this product in the image above?
On January 5, 2019 at 9:48 pm
Joumana Accad says:
@Chris I bought it in the Chouf region where I live most of the time these days. If unavailable in the US you can distill it yourself, if you dont have a distiller, you can try a method without distiller, by using a pot and setting a brick in the pot, like I did to make rosewater.https://www.tasteofbeirut.com/rosewater-homemade/
On January 16, 2019 at 5:55 pm
Thanks for sharing, i am in Lebanon now. Would u know where i can purchase nettle leaves here.
Thanks so much!!
On September 7, 2020 at 6:35 pm