Just because it’s warm outside doesn’t mean I stopped drinking tea. I still enjoy a cup of warm tea in the evening as a way to relax, but the tea lover that I am, I also enjoy drinking an iced version of my favorite tea. I love green tea and white tea, but my newest obsession is nettle tea. Especially for an iced version I think it’s amazing! No reason to go for an iced tea that is loaded with refined sugars. I will show you just how easy it is to make a homemade iced tea that is delicious, sweet and full with amazing health boosting ingredients.
It is said that once a Tibetan saint lived on nothing but nettles for decades of meditation. I wouldn’t try that out myself, but I can sure agree with the immense health benefits of nettle tea. It’s so much more than just a weed. Nettle has way too many health benefits to discuss here so I will try to keep it short so you can go and sip on the delicious iced version of nettle tea.
- Nettle stimulates the lymph system to boost immunity
- Helps to support the adrenals
- Strengthens the fetus in pregnant women
- Promotes milk production in lactating women
- Relieves menopausal symptoms
- Helps with menstrual cramps and bloating
- Helps with respiratory tract disease
- Supports the kidneys
- Reduces inflammation
- Minimizes skin problems
- Eliminates allergic rhinitis
- Lessens nausea and alleviates diarrhea
- Cures the common cold
- Helps with gastrointestinal disease, IBS, and constipation
- Reduces gingivitis and prevents plaque when used as a mouth wash
- Destroys intestinal worms or parasites
I buy my organic nettle tea bags at my local whole food store. They should be easily available.
The cloves are not just a pretty decoration in this recipe. Clove contains significant amounts of an active component called eugenol. This often has been used in dentistry in conjunction with root canal therapy, temporary fillings, and general gum pain, since eugenol and other components of clove (including beta-caryophyllene) combine to make clove a mild anaesthetic as well as an anti-bacterial agent. For these beneficial effects, you’ll also find clove oil in some over-the-counter sore throat sprays and mouth washes.
Cloves also contain a variety of flavonoids which contribute to cloves anti-inflammatory (and antioxidant) properties. source
But let’s be honest. This iced nettle tea is just delicious and sweet and will lessen your thirst on a hot summer day much better than any conventional sugar loaded iced tea out there.
Just be sure to check with your doctor since nettle can interfere with certain pharmaceuticals.
- 1 tsp / 1 teabag nettle tea
- 200 ml / 0.8 cups boiling water
- 2 dates (or more if you like the tea sweeter)
- 2 slices of lime or lemon
- ice cubes
- cold water
- steep the tea in the just boiled water for five minutes then remove the teabag and let the tea cool off
- inthe meanwhile cut the dates into little chunks and slices the lemon.
- put the cloves in the lemon
- when the tea is cooled off add a handful of ice cubes, the lime / lemon and dates
- fill up with ice cold water and keep in fridge
- add more ice cubes if you wish
- give it a good stir before serving and enjoy!
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