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9 of the best nettle teas

nettle tea
Stinging nettles hold a range of health benefits thanks to their impressive profile of vitamins, minerals and plant compounds. A cup of nettle tea is the perfect way to harness them – no stings guaranteed.

Searching for a caffeine-free beverage with health benefits in every sip? Look no further than nettle tea.

In this article we’ll tell you all about nettle tea, reveal its health benefits, discuss any side effects and reveal a nettle tea recipe to try at home.

We’ll also recommend our favourite teabag versions for you to try for yourself.

What is nettle tea?

Can nettle tea really be made from the same pesky stinging leaves you encounter on country walks? Actually, yes!

Summertime brings plenty of stinging nettles to the UK, but they’re also found across Europe, North America, North Africa, and parts of Asia.1

The stems, leaves and roots of the stinging nettle have been used in herbal medicine since ancient times. Today, it’s used as a textile fibre, food ingredient, herbal remedy, cosmetic ingredient as well as in topical creams and salves.

Nettle tea is simply made by steeping stinging nettle leaves in hot water. Nettle tea bags are also popular.

9 of the best nettle teas 

We've rounded up 9 of the best nettle teas out there right now, from pure nettle tea to herbal blends. 

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1. Heath & Heather Nettle Tea

Taste: Light, gentle and refreshing

What do customers think? 
“This tea tastes so fresh and light. Great alternative to camomile” – Sue R

Why try it? 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, this tea is naturally caffeine-free with a pure, light taste.

2. Holland & Barrett Organic Nettle Tea

Taste
Light, gentle and refreshing.

What do customers think?
“This tea tastes so fresh and light. Great alternative to camomile” – Sue R

Why try it? 
Suitable for vegetarians and vegans, this tea is naturally caffeine-free with a pure, light taste.

3. Twinings Superblends Vitality

Taste
With mellow notes of nettle, the refreshing taste of spearmint and peppermint and the fruitiness of apple and pear, this tea blend brings a balanced sweetness.

What do customers think?
“(These) are lovely… a light taste. Makes a change from just peppermint tea I drink a lot of to aid digestion. Would highly recommend these.” - Tubbs

Why try it? 
Contains vitamin C, which contributes to the reduction of tiredness & fatigue.

4. Pukka Organic Cleanse

Taste
A herbaceous blend of nettle leaf, dandelion root and fennel seed, cooled with peppermint and aloe vera.

What do customers think?
“This is my go-to tea if I'm feeling a bit sluggish. It's refreshing and tastes great not overpowering. I like that it has natural ingredients and it tastes good.”– Carol McWatt

Why try it? 
This herbal blend has been designed for its cleansing properties, and it’s 100% organic.

5. Hanna Sillitoe Skin Purity Tea

Taste
A subtle blend of red clover, burdock root, chamomile, nettle leaf, marigold and cleavers.

What do customers think?
“Such a great cleanse to start the day. Tasty yet gentle on the palate.” - KelSmi

Why try it? 
The blend has been selected for purity, and the packaging is gorgeous.

6. Ideal Health Joints-Tee

Taste
A complex yet light herbal brew with bitter notes.

What do customers think?
"I been drinking this tea for months and i love it, its soothing i feel healthy in overall. It taste bitter but in a good way. If you are open to bitter tastes, go for it. If you can't dont even try." - Stephso

Why try it? 
This exotic blend includes purifying extracts of dong quai, gentian root, devil’s claw, birch leaves, horstail herb, nettle leaves, dandelion leaves, juniper fruits, primrose flowers and sunflowers.

7. Dr Stuarts Skin Purify

Taste
A grassy chamomile-scented blend.

What do customers think?
"Great quality product. Very pleased with the taste and healthy benefits of this tea" - Sista

Why try it? 
This tea contains a beautifying herbal infusion which includes red clover, nettle and dandelion leaves.

8. Twinings Cold In'Fuse Vitality with Vitamin C

Taste
The mellow notes of nettle with the cooling taste of spearmint and peppermint, and the fruitiness of apple and pear to bring a balanced sweetness.

What do customers think?
“Lovely taste, a great way to drink more water so it is healthy as well.” – Kitty M*

Why try it? 
Just 1 infuser is equivalent to 75% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C.

9. Ideal Health Puritee

Taste
A minty brew with herbal notes.

What do customers think?
"Very effective does the job I will be buying it again." - Chyc

Why try it? 
A purifying combination of peppermint leaf, birch leaf and stinging nettle tea leaf are joined by senna leaf.

How to make nettle tea

Brew your own cup of stinging nettle tea. Tea bags or loose-leaf tea are the convenient option, but making nettle tea using your own hand-picked nettles is easy using the following steps:

  1. Pick your nettles – avoid clusters near trees or lampposts where animals like to ‘mark’.
  2. Give them a thorough rinse in cool water.
  3. Place a cup of nettle leaves into a pan and cover with two cups of water.
  4. Heat on the hob until it just starts to boil.
  5. Turn off the heat and allow the tea to steep for five minutes.
  6. Pour the tea into a mug, using a strainer to get rid of any bits.

Sweeten your nettle tea if desired by adding a teaspoon of honey or a little stevia.

What are the side effects of nettle tea?

In general, nettle tea is considered a completely safe drink for most people to consume. Nettle tea side effects may include a mild upset stomach at first, especially if you’re drinking lots of it.2

Pregnant women should avoid nettle tea as it may trigger uterine contractions.3

If you’re making your own nettle tea, be extra careful picking your stinging nettles as they can cause lumps, bumps, and rashes.

Is it safe to drink nettle tea everyday?

Unless you experience any unwanted side-effects, you can drink nettle tea every day.

Studies on nettle’s efficacy involve ingesting a large amount of nettle (more than in a cup of tea or two) on a daily basis for several weeks or more, without adverse side effects.

The advice in this article is for information only and should not replace medical care. Please check with your GP or healthcare professional before trying any supplements, treatments or remedies. Food supplements must not be used as a substitute for a varied and balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle.

Last updated: 18 June 2021

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