Nettles are rich in vitamin C and gently help us clear toxins. They’re also a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine. They have a natural diuretic effect and for that reason, care should be taken if you’re on heart medication or in cases of renal failure. Choose young, fresh Spring nettle tops, foraged away from high traffic and pesticide areas; use stout gloves or you’ll get stung. Once heated, the sting disappears, but the benefits remain.
One or two young nettle tops is plenty for a refreshing, cleansing Spring cuppa. Put the tops in a mug and pour on boiling water. Enjoy once it’s cooled to drinking temperature.