Nettle-Mint Iced Tea
My favorite herb is nettle. Whenever I am feeling tired or not myself, I drink nettle tea. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, protein and amino acids. It’s good for allergies and as a tonic for women’s issues. It’s a multivitamin in a cup!
I could go on all day about the benefits of this prickly plant…but I really want to tell you how to make my favorite summer-time drink, nettle-mint tea! It is so incredibly refreshing on a hot day when you hit that mid-afternoon I-need-a-nap state.
Nettle-mint tea can be made with either fresh or dried nettle and mint leaves. The photo shows fresh which is great when it’s in season but I actually prefer dried. The protein content in the dried leaves is higher than fresh and you can’t get fresh leaves all year round.
To make this delicious tea, all you need is stinging nettle leaf (fresh or dried) and mint leaves (fresh or dried spearmint, peppermint or both), and a sweetener like raw honey (my preference), stevia (liquid) or herb (fresh or dried), or coconut sugar.
In a quart jar or French Press that you’ve designated for tea, place 1-2 tablespoons of dried nettle and 1-2 teaspoons of peppermint or spearmint (or both). If using fresh herbs, use about 4 tablespoons nettle and 4 teaspoons of mint.
Pour hot water over the herbs and let steep from at least 20 minutes to 4 hours, or overnight for a stronger infusion.
Sweeten as desired and add ice or drink at room temperature.
I prefer it with spearmint and sometimes with a little raw cream added. So lovely!
That’s it! So easy!
What’s your favorite way to use nettle?
Sarah is a wife, mom of 4, farm owner, and real food blogger at Real Food Outlaws. She is also an Master Herbalist and owns 90210 Organics, an Eco-boutique and Apothecary. She holds a Master’s Degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College and is a Clinical/Functional Nutritionist and Advanced Nutrition Response Testing™ Practitioner at Natural Health Improvement Center of South Jersey and Natural Health Improvement Center of Des Moines. You can often find her barefoot in the garden (or kitchen), or rummaging through a refrigerator (not necessarily her own).