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.

Ingredients

  • 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)

Method

  • 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.

Nutritional value 

  • 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
  • LEMON
  • 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.