The stinging nettle plant is rich in several health-promoting phytochemicals. It has high antioxidants content and may help reduce the risk of a number of diseases.Some evidence suggests that stinging nettle tea may help manage symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as hay fever and other allergies.It also has diuretic properties and may help relieve urinary tract infections and inflammation. Drinking stinging nettle tea appears to be associated with improved blood sugar control, lower LDL cholesterol levels, reduced inflammation, better bone health, and increased immunity.
Stinging nettle has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments. The tea is thought to help with allergies, as well as colds and flus. Though it may seem counter-intuitive to use a plant that stings you on contact to treat skin conditions, such as eczema, studies suggest that it may be effective. Stinging nettle is also a good source of certain vitamins and minerals, such as iron. Nettles also contain significant amounts of chlorophyll, and can be used in place of kale or spinach in recipes.