I love, love, love... Nettle and Oatstraw Tea!!! Seriously, it is slowly becoming something I drink daily along with my probiotic.
I don't even know where to start with this glorious concoction! I learned about it in my second year herbal apprenticeship course and found out about all the benefits that comes along with drinking this strongly steeped tea.
First, the Benefits:
- Bye allergies! Nettles in particular, has helped me totally annihilate any allergy issues, including those annoying allergy-esque type sneezes that stop you in your tracks!
- Less PMS issues. The last several periods I have had, I was wondering..."Where are my cramps?!". Not to be TMI but cramps signal when my period is about to start and now it just starts! I still do get cramps eventually but the bloating is way less.
- Grow long hair and nails! Both herbs are rich in silica minerals. I noticed that my hair, no kidding, grew about 1.5 inches since January when I got my hair pressed (blog post on that later). I think it is a combination of this tea and wearing protective styles like crochet braids.
- Fights fatigue, stress and anxiety! Both herbs, more so Oatstraw, has a variety of complex B vitamins that help nourish the nervous system. I have been struggling with these stress and fatigue issues as of late and this daily tea has kept me balanced emotionally and physically to endure my overly active lifestyle.
- Increases energy and vitality. This is again, thanks to B Vitamins but also high amounts of iron!
- Acne and Blemish Reducer. This tea also provides high amounts of Vitamin A which many attribute to helping with skin problems. I think a combination of using the Charcoal Soap and this tea has not only greatly reduced my blemishes and acne but also the redness/inflammation that sometimes occurs as well.
- Also rich in Vitamin D, Calcium, Potassium, Vitamin C, Folic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamin and much more
how to do it:
- Procure only organic Stinging Nettle and Oatstraw for your tea. You can also buy some from me as well! I sometimes get the rare opportunity to harvest both of these herbs in Southern California but only do so in places far from driving cars and not off the freeway somewhere.
- Fill a 1QT mason jar with 1/8 of a nettle and oatstraw mixture (not much plant material is needed). Cut a lemon or an orange and squeeze the juice in the jar. Throw the lemon/orange in there as well. This will help release minerals like iron that need some type of citrus to be absorbed.
- Pour Boiling hot water over the lemon/orange, nettle and oatstraw and fill to the top. Cap it.
- Wait for 6-8 hours (overnight infusions are the best; the more it steeps, the more the rich minerals come out).
- Strain and enjoy!
I typically drink about 4oz a day in the morning, whereas other people drink the whole quart in a day!! I personally think start out small and work your way up to see what your body prefers. If you find your body is drying out i.e. eyes and skin are becoming dry, infuse your tea with some marshmallow root (will help lessen the drying effects of your Nettle Oatstraw tea).