This stinging nettle iced tea is deliciously, refreshing on a hot summers day. Stinging nettle tea is classed as a ‘Galactogogue’ meaning it may help with milk supply. It’s also anti-inflammatory, anti-diabetic, anti-hypotensive and extremely nutritious. Due to these properties, caution must be taken for those on blood thinning, anti-hypertensive, diuretic or diabetic medications, due to the effects of the drugs potentially being enhanced by the tea.
One cup of stinging nettle tea provides high levels of vitamin’s A, K and the minerals, calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper and potassium, as well as a large range of powerful anti-oxidants.
This drink is the full package for recovery. Anti-inflammatory properties help with wound repair and breast engorgement. High concentrations of calcium boost levels during breastfeeding, when the requirements almost double. Iron, along with vitamin A help restore red blood count after birth and during recovery. Magnesium and B vitamins provide vital energy needed for repair, breastfeeding and generally being a new and fabulous mother.
Added to the iced tea is ‘lemon’ an anti-viral, anti-bacterial, vitamin C rich fruit. The water content will help hydrate a thirsty new mum and the honey adds a touch of sweetness, also providing additional, anti-viral and anti-bacterial benefits.
Stinging Nettle tea has also been linked to helping with hay fever, making it a perfect summer drink.
- 2-3 tsp of Stinging Nettle Tea
- 1 cup of boiling water
- 2 cups of Ice
- 1 freshly squeezed Lemon
- 1 tsp of Honey
- Lemon zest to garnish (optional)
- First make the tea. Leave the leaves to steep for 10 minutes in the boiling water and then strain.
- Stir in the honey and lemon juice.
- Fill a glass with crushed ice to chill.
- Meanwhile use a cocktail shaker to mix your iced tea. Fill the shaker with ice and pour the tea over the top. Shake well for several minutes until the tea is chilled.
- Strain the ice tea into the glass prepped with crushed ice.
- garnish with lemon zest to finish.
- Kcal – 42 Kcal
- Fibre – 6.9 g
- Protein – 2.7 g
- Calcium – 20% RNI
- Iron – 7% RNI
- Potassium – 7% RNI
- Vitamin A – 35% RNI
- Vitamin K – 416% RNI
- Manganese – 34% RNI
- Magnesium – 14% RNI
- Copper – 8% RNI
- Phosphorus – 10% RNI
- Vitamin C – 25% RNI
RNI – Recommended Nutritional Intake
The RNI percentages are rough estimates for the daily intake, so should be used as a guide only. The quality and combination of foods you eat with a meal affect how well absorbed and utilised the nutrients are within your body.