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Welcome to our large nettle tea test 2021. Here we present all the nettle teas that we have tested in detail. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best nettle tea for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should be aware of if you want to buy nettle tea.




Summary

  • Nettle tea is very healthy due to its natural ingredients and helps against a variety of physical ailments.
  • When buying it, a basic distinction is made between loose nettle tea and the tea bag variety, both of which have different advantages and disadvantages.
  • It is very important to pay attention to organic quality in order to obtain tea that is free of harmful substances. If you want to harvest fresh nettle tea yourself, choose a location that is free of traffic and dogs.

The Best Nettle Tea: Our Choices

Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying nettle tea

The stinging nettle is an old and very powerful indigenous medicinal plant. The large nettle (Urtica, Latin "urere"=to burn) is very popular and helps against a variety of diseases and physical ailments.

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The leaves, seeds, stems and roots of the stinging nettle plant can be used to make a tea. (Image source: unsplash.com / Paul M)

It differs from the small nettle (Urens) in the elongated shape of its leaves and its green-grey colour. The small nettle has round leaves and is green throughout. Many people think of stinging nettle as a weed and associate bad experiences with this herb because they burned themselves on the stinging hairs in childhood.

However, stinging nettle is a valuable wild herb with multiple effects. The large stinging nettle in particular has a variety of healing effects, which is why this article will focus exclusively on the large plant.

Who is nettle tea suitable for?

Nettle tea is basically suitable for every healthy person. Pregnant women are an exception. Contrary to the assumption that nettle tea helps with water retention in the legs, the herb only removes water from the blood vessels, but NOT from the tissue in the legs. Pregnant women are therefore advised not to drink nettle tea without consulting a doctor. Furthermore, people with impaired heart and kidney function should avoid nettle tea, as water is also stored in the tissues (oedema).

For everyone else, this herb is very healthy due to its ingredients, increases well-being and helps with physical problems.

What ingredients does nettle contain?

Specifically, the leaves and stem of the stinging nettle contain up to 20% minerals such as silicic acid, iron, manganese, potassium salts, calcium salts and plenty of vitamins (A,B2 , B5, E, K).

Furthermore, the nettle leaves have the following ingredients: organic acids (formic and acetic acid), acetylcholine, unsaturated fatty acids, caffeoylchic acids, flavonides, phenolic carboxylic acids and chlorophyll. In contrast, the stinging nettle root does not have any stinging hairs with stinging fluid underground and thus has other ingredients: tannins, phytosterols, urtica agglutinins, polysaccharides, isoletins and lignans.

What are the effects and properties of nettle tea?

Tea made from nettle leaves has a metabolic, diuretic and uric acid laxative effect. The increased water excretion is due to an osmotic effect caused by the high potassium content. This effect only occurs in combination with plenty of fluids.

This is why you should always make sure you drink enough fluids when consuming nettle tea. In addition, the nettle is said to have a detoxifying and anti-inflammatory effect during the flowering period. Studies also confirm the blood-forming effect, which helps with mild anaemia. The plant-bound iron can be very well utilised by your body (high bioavailability).

Nettle root has an antispasmodic effect (due to isolectins), anti-inflammatory and balancing effect on the immune system. Due to its phytosterol content, it improves the symptoms of benign enlargement of the prostate and complaints of irritable bladder. In both cases, long-term use of the root is recommended.

Did you know that nettle tea was already used as a medicinal herb in ancient times? Even in earlier times, nettle tea was known for its anti-inflammatory effect and was used for bladder infections. Furthermore, its diuretic effect supports the healing process of urinary tract infections.

What ailments does nettle tea help with?

Nettle tea is primarily used to flush out inflammatory diseases of the urinary tract and skin diseases. However, the plant also helps with a wide range of complaints:

Nettle leaves

  • Rheumatism
  • Gout
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Gonoarthritis
  • Bladder infections & urinary tract infections
  • Stomach & menstrual problems
  • Skin problems (e.g. acne)
  • Dandruff (apply cold tea to the scalp, leave for 30min and rinse)
  • Exhaustion (e.g. during menopause)
  • Anaemia
  • High blood pressure
  • Problems with milk production (breastfeeding)
  • Slow metabolism
  • Hay fever
  • May improve blood sugar control in type 2 diabetics who need insulin therapy

Nettle root

  • Irritable bladder
  • Susceptibility of the immune system
  • Benign prostate enlargement
  • Urinary retention
  • Increased urge to urinate

What are the side effects of nettle tea?

In individual cases, the consumption of nettle tea can cause the following side effects:

  • Gastrointestinal complaints such as heartburn, nausea and diarrhoea (due to the acid it contains)
  • Insomnia and heart palpitations in pregnant women (consumption during pregnancy is not recommended)
  • Allergic reactions
  • Dehydration (due to strong dehydration)
Did you know that in France it is forbidden to fertilise, pick or process nettles? In France, the nettle plant is considered a weed. Its use is prohibited and prosecuted.

How much does nettle tea cost?

There are sometimes large differences in price and quality between the various tea suppliers. Generally, a higher price for nettle tea indicates better quality. However, you should check the quality of the tea individually before buying. You can check the organic quality label and its criteria. When buying nettle leaves, you should look for organic quality from ecological cultivation in order to obtain leaves that are free of harmful substances.

Type Price (100g)
Loose tea 1,30 - 6,90€
Tea bags 2,80 - 18,70€

Loose tea is already available for a low price starting at 1,30€/ 100g. Depending on the supplier, the price of organic tea does not differ much from the price of tea without a quality label. Nettle tea packed in tea bags is more expensive than loose tea, as this requires an additional processing step. Nettle tea in bags is available from 2.80€/ 100g on the internet. However, prices vary greatly between different suppliers.

What is the alternative to nettle tea?

Apart from tea, nettle leaves can also be taken in capsule or tablet form (nettle extract) to benefit from the therapeutic effect of the plant.

If the taste of nettle bothers you or you get tired of it after a while, there are plenty of alternatives.

For a new taste, you can buy teas with added herbs or fruits. In the following section we will give you a short overview of the alternatives.

Type Description
Capsules and tablets Nettle extract (dried nettle leaves) is also available in capsule or tablet form. The capsules also contain a high vital and mineral value and have a similar medicinal effect as the tea. They are therefore a good alternative if you do not like the taste of nettle tea. You should always drink plenty of water with the capsules or tablets, as unlike tea you do not automatically take in liquid.
Herbal and fruit tea blends if you don't like the pure nettle tea taste, you can simply mix in different herbs such as chamomile, lemon balm or fennel in loose tea. Many supermarkets already offer ready-made herbal (e.g. nettle-melissa) or fruit tea blends such as nettle-lemon tea or nettle-ginger tea in tea bags. Of course, you can also prepare these blends yourself at home with loose tea and fresh ingredients.

Decision: What types of nettle tea are there and which is the right one for you?

Basically, we distinguish between these types of nettle tea:

  • Loose nettle tea
  • Nettle tea in tea bags

In the following, we explain the different types and their respective advantages and disadvantages. In this way, we want to help you find the nettle tea that is best for you.

What distinguishes loose nettle tea and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Tea lovers swear by loose tea and usually have a large number of tea tins with loose tea in the kitchen cupboard.

Loose herbs have been used to make tea for a long time. In addition, loose tea has some advantages over industrially produced tea bags. The biggest advantage is certainly the individual dosage. Depending on how strong or weak you like your tea, you can adjust the amount of loose tea individually. Loose tea leaves are usually cheaper than their bag counterparts. The price goes down when you buy larger quantities of loose leaf tea. For more variety, simply mix loose tea with other herbs (chamomile, lemon balm, etc.) or dried fruits to change the taste.

Advantages
  • Individual dosage
  • Low price
  • Easy to mix
Disadvantages
  • More time consuming
  • Tea strainer required

On the other hand, you need a little more time to prepare a nettle tea from loose leaves, which is why the loose version is rather impractical for comfortable tea drinkers. In addition, you need a tea strainer for the loose leaves, which you can hang in your cup or teapot. With loose tea you also have the choice between tea made from nettle leaves or from nettle root. We have explained the different effects on certain complaints in detail in the advice section.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of nettle tea in tea bags?

Nettle tea in tea bags is practical and suitable for everyday use, as all you have to do is pour boiling water over the bag. This saves you the trouble of dosing and filling the tea leaves. If you just want to drink a cup of nettle tea, the amount of tea in the tea bags is already perfectly dosed. The small note on the tea bag reminds you of the recommended brewing time of the tea.

Advantages
  • Convenient variant
  • Suitable for everyday use
  • Dosed for one cup
Disadvantages
  • Higher price
  • More waste

In contrast to loose tea, the price of the tea bag variant is significantly higher. In addition, it is usually only available in packs of 15 to 25 tea bags. Using tea bags creates more waste. If you want to be careful about disposal, buy tea bags without a metal clip on the bag.

Buying criteria: You can use these factors to compare and evaluate nettle tea

In the following, we will show you which criteria you can use to compare and evaluate nettle teas. This will make it easier for you to get an overview and decide on a suitable and effective product. In summary, these are the following criteria:

  • Type
  • Quality
  • Origin
  • Quantity

In the following, you can read about the respective criteria and find out why it makes sense for you to purchase a product based on the criteria or not.

Type

As already explained in detail in the decision section above, you can choose between loose nettle tea and sachet tea. With loose tea, the large parts of the plant are usually used, whereas the small parts of the plant, the so-called fannings, are sieved out for the production of bag tea.

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When buying bagged tea, try to make sure you buy tea bags without a metal clip. This makes it easier to recycle the bag. (Image source: pexels.com / Skitterphoto)

For this reason, the two varieties of nettle tea often come from the same plantation. A qualitative difference cannot be determined by the shape alone. The small plant parts in the bag tea have a strong flavour, which can be an advantage depending on personal preference.

Quality

As already mentioned, when buying dried nettle tea you should look for organic quality, i.e. proven organic cultivation. This means that you check which quality criteria have been met with regard to cultivation and processing. The most widespread seal is the EU organic seal, which is awarded by the European Union for foodstuffs.

Food bearing this label is free of chemical pesticides and fertilisers as well as any genetic engineering. There is also the German organic seal and the Bavarian organic seal, which are awarded by organic farming associations. They stand for stricter guidelines and controls and are therefore even more recommendable.

Origin

Another criterion is the origin of the nettle tea. You should make sure to buy tea from the EU. Outside the European Union, other standards apply with regard to chemicals and harmful substances. Accordingly, you are on the safest side if you buy nettle tea with one of the above-mentioned organic labels and make sure that the nettle leaves come from the EU.

Quantity

With bagged tea, the number of tea bags in a pack is usually limited to 10-25 bags (approx. 30-60g). With loose tea, on the other hand, you have more choice. The smallest quantity of loose tea starts at about 40g and usually goes up to 1kg. You save money here. Not only is loose tea cheaper than the tea bag variety, but larger quantities are often available online in good quality at a lower price. Of course, you can also weigh out your desired quantity in a tea shop and have it freshly filled.

Facts worth knowing about nettle tea

How do I prepare nettle tea?

Nettle leaf tea

Pour 150 ml of boiling (100 °C) water over 2 teaspoons (1 g) of leaves and leave to brew for 10 minutes. Then strain the tea through a sieve. 3-4 cups daily are recommended. The dosage should not be exceeded.

To improve the taste, the nettle tea can be mixed with juice (e.g. apple juice) or other herbs (e.g. camomile, lemon balm, fennel). However, you should not sweeten it, otherwise it may lose its effectiveness. Nettle leaf tea should not be used for longer than 3-4 weeks without consulting a doctor.

Nettle root tea

Boil 1 teaspoon of finely chopped roots (wash thoroughly beforehand) with a cup (150 ml) of cold water on the cooker in a pot. Then leave to infuse for 10 min and also strain through a sieve. One cup 3 times a day is recommended for symptoms of irritable bladder or benign prostatic hyperplasia. Long-term use is recommended for these conditions.

Where and when can I harvest fresh nettle for tea myself?

Nettle can be used fresh as well as dried. If you want to pick nettle yourself, make sure that you choose unfertilised areas. Use gloves when harvesting so that you don't burn yourself on the stinging hairs. Also, do not harvest from the side of the road or in parks where there are many dogs. It is safest to harvest from your own garden or balcony. This way you avoid the risk of collecting contaminated tea.

Source: medmeister.de

Harvest the young leaves for tea best from March to June and the flowering herb (against rheumatism) in the morning in dry weather in midsummer. Harvest the root (for prostate problems and irritable bladder) in March or October.

What is the shelf life of dried nettle tea?

After harvesting, the nettle leaves, stems and herb are dried. After that, the dried tea can be kept for about one to two years. Pay attention to the best-before date when buying your nettle tea so that you don't buy an old tea. The active substances of the plants fade with time and with them the healing effect.

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