Nettle was used in ancient Greece and Rome. In Medieval Europe, nettle was considered a panacea of sorts and used for all manner of ailments. Nettle tea is considered to be slightly laxative and warming.
Today, it is often thought of as a superfood or super herb. Nettle tea is high in many nutrients, particularly vitamin A, various B vitamins (including B-1, B-2, B-3, and B-5), vitamin C, amino acids, calcium, fatty acids, folic acid, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and potassium. It also contains numerous phytonutrients and antioxidants, including acetic acid, beta-carotene, betaine, caffeic acid, and lycopene. For this reason, it is widely appreciated as a healthful drink.
Stinging nettle root is used in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia, especially by European medical practitioners, and this is supported by research. Some studies demonstrate that nettle may have at least minor effects in managing and easing allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, congestion, itching, and inflammation.
Other purported benefits are not yet supported by scientific research. In traditional use and alternative medicine, nettle tea is used as a:
Blood purifier and way to increase circulation
Fertility aid for men and women alike
Wound healing aid
Beyond this, it is regarded as a general tonic and a detoxifying tea, particularly for those suffering from hangovers and those who are quitting smoking.
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