I first had this Nettle Tea in England. Sadly, we often tend to follow our ancient customs only when introduced by our colonial masters!
Hello Readers, it has been a week since I wrote my last blog! Good Heavens! How time flies sitting in the lap of the Himalayas, watching the mist blow past, obliterating the view of the hill in front or the vast lake below! A tug of war between the sun and the clouds, and our grandchildren mesmerised by the sudden change of the weather, something they don’t get to see in Delhi.
This forced vacation has been an opportunity for us grandparents to introduce the Hanuman Chalisa to the children. They recently watched the Ramayana on TV and saw how Hanuman brought the miraculous Sanjivani Booti and revived Lakshman.
Yes, that the Himalayas are bountiful in many miraculous herbs is well known.
Today I shall introduce to you another wonder herb, a super food not very well known to many of us. For this, with folded hands, we shall thank the Buddhist monk Milarepa, who lived in the Himalayas in the 11th century and sustained himself on Nettle for decades.
Nettle is better known as stinging nettle or bichu booti by children. I remember how our cousins staying in the hills prompted us to touch this ‘ cooling’ shrub and watched with glee as we groaned in agony! I’m sure many of you have encountered the prickly heat of this herb in one of your holidays in the hills of Uttarakhand or Himachal.
The stinging nettle grows wild in these hills and in Europe. I first had this Nettle Tea in England. Sadly, we often tend to follow our ancient customs only when introduced by our colonial masters! The spread of Buddhism to the West has brought forth the nutritional value of this wonder food nettle for this is what Milarepa survived on! Amazing, is it not?
Growing wild in the cooler climes of our country the nettle shrub is covered in tiny, stiff hairs that release stinging chemicals when touched. The leaves, stem and root are crushed and made into powders, tinctures, creams and tea. Of these, to have the simple nettle tea is best of all.
This Nettle Tea is high in many nutrients particularly Vit A, Vit B-1, B-2, B-3 and B -5, Vit C, amino acids, calcium, fatty acids, folic acid, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and potassium. With all these nutrients it is no wonder many of our health issues can be solved by only having this wonder tea, 4 cups a day.
The many benefits of this wonder herb include the following:
- It is high in polyphenols and research suggests these powerful compounds prevent and manage chronic diseases related to inflammation such as diabetes, obesity , cancer and heart disease.
- In ancient medieval Europe people used nettle to cure hay fever, bone related issues and allergies like itchy , watery eyes, runny nose and sneezing pertaining to allergic rhinitis.
- Rich in silica and sulphur, savouring Nettle Tea makes hair shinier and healthy.
- The diuretic action of this herb flushes out excess uric acid from muscles and joints helping to relieve gout, arthritic pain and acts as an anti – inflammatory.
- The diuretic action also helps flush harmful bacteria from the urinary tract. It is common for elderly men to suffer from benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) which causes an enlarged prostrate gland resulting in pain or other problems urinating. It has been observed men having Nettle Tea have lower incidences of prostrate problems.
- Nettle helps balance the excess sodium in the blood.
- It is excellent for people facing water retention in the body.
- It helps alleviate puffy eyes (a common sight amongst men).
- Nettle is excellent for boosting metabolism and immunity.
All the above and many more; the list of its benefits is endless. Just simply have your Nettle Tea and leave the rest to Nature.
How to brew this wonder tea
- 2 cups of water
- 1 cup of Nettle leaves🤢
Add water to the leaves. Bring the water to boil. Turn of the heat and let sit for 5 minutes. Strain.
Add honey, cinnamon powder, stevia or even a dash of lime and voila! Your wonder Tea is ready!
Till next week, stay healthy stay well!
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