Hello tea lovers! Join me for a cozy cup of nettle leaf tea! Today I’m sharing with you my latest tea recipe that is made with nettle leaf, liquorice and marshmallow. I also added in a few marigold leaves from our garden just to make it look pretty and taste a wee bit sweeter.
There are many plants that grow abundantly to nourish and nurture our bodies. What a blessing that most of the plants I will share grow wild and in plethora throughout our lands. That is not by accident, it was designed to be this way by an all caring God.
It’s important for you to be aware that in sharing information about my studies and experiments, I do not intend to provide any medical advice. You should consult a professional medical person or your doctor for clarification and direction on your own medical journey. This information is merely to invoke interest for you to then do further research on your own and study experiments that help you form your own conclusions.
What Plants are Good for Making Tea?
Knowing what part of plants to utilize increases the health benefits of a cozy cup of tea. Here are a few plants that are good for making tea:
- Mint Leaves are good for digestion and relaxing.
- Rosemary Leaves supports memory and cognitive function
- Peppermint Leaves brings alertness and can aid aches and pains
- Passionflower Leaves are relaxing and soporific.
- Rose Hip Buds have boost of Vitamin C (once the bloom has expired)
- Lemon Balm Leaves are calming
- Chamomile Buds are relaxing and good for upset an stomach
- Echinacea Buds support your immunity
- Milk Thistle Buds are good for detoxification
- Lemon Grass Stalks aid digestion and are calming
Although this list of plans to use for teas is by no means comprehensive, read more at Gardening Know How: Plants For Tea Gardens: How To Brew The Best Plants For Tea.
How to make your own loose leaf teas?
I used to buy teas ready mixed and packaged, but always wanted to experiment with my own loose leaf combinations. The reason for this is because I love to garden! While I am planning a Garden Map (see video tutorial and directions on Garden Plan 103: Map a productive garden) for planting our vegetables for the year and flowers to decorate our home, I thought I could also be growing some of these plants to use the leaves as tea ingredients. Knowing what part of the plant to utilize increases the health benefits of a cozy cup of tea.
To know what teas to grow, I had to know what kinds of plants, flowers and herbs make different teas so delicious. So I bought some loose leaf packages from our local health food and natural grocery store Roots.
When experimenting with loose leaf to find a tasty tea recipe, I do some or all of these steps:
- Smell the different ingredients I want to use
- Try the plant steeped on its own
- Mix the plant leaves with other teas to find what smells compliment one another
- Research the benefits
- Combine plant leaves that fit well together
Nettle Leaf Tea Recipe
Print my nettle tea mix recipe to keep for your next cup of tea.
Nettle Leaf Tea with Marshmallow and Liquorice Root
- 2 tsp Nettle Leaf
- 1 tsp Marshmallow
- 1 tsp Liquorice Root
- 1 tsp Marigold Leaf
- 500 ml Boiling Water
- Boil water in a kettle or on the stove
- Add loose ingredients to a tea bag or tea sift
- Pour boiling water into cup and add the tea bag/sift
- Steep tea for a few minutes
Ingredients to make a lovely cup of nettle leaf tea
The star ingredient of this tea recipe is the nettle leaf. The plant Nettle holds a plethora of vitamins and antioxidants that make it as healthy as your vegetables. It is used to combat inflammation, joint pain or muscle spasms, and for bacterial infections. Nettle leaves can supplement you with:
- Vitamin C, D, K
- Folic acid
- Fatty Acids
Even though this plant can grow invasively and be sensitive to the skin of those who touch it, the leaves dried and consumed are a health boost. That is why I made this tea recipe to feature this ingredient.
Marigold is often confused with Calendula, because Calendula is also referred to “pot marigold”. I’m referring to the marigold here that is not calendula.
Some say that marigold flowers have an unpleasant smell. This summer flower is often planted beside crops to keeps pest from them (like tomato plants). The flower also gives nutrients to the soil around the plants to support their growth.
I don’t mind the smell of marigolds, and dried some of their leaves and kept it in a jar. After drying, the leaves smell like citrus. I added some to my tea mix for this citrus flavour and because their orange leaves are pretty with the other pale colours.
The marshmallow plant is often made into a salve for topical use on the skin to treat infections, ulcers, burns and even mild wounds. It can also be used to combat chapped skin.
We consume it in tea form because it aids the inner lining of the digestion tract. It soothes dry coughs, helps symptoms of constipation or diarrhea, and can be a protective layer on your skin.
The taste of liquorice is a notable undertone for any tea. It has been used for ages to supplement antioxidants, flavour alcohol and medicine, and soothe sore throats. The roots of the liquorice plant are great for helping your body absorbs nutrients and providing support to your digestive tract. This herb paired with the other herbs in this recipe, makes this tea a potent aid for your digestion journey.
How to brew loose leaf nettle leaf tea
When you have the loose-leaf ingredients to make the tea, it’s very easy to make.
- Boil water in a kettle or in a port on the stove
- Combine ingredients into a sift or tea bag
- Pour water over tea mix
- Steep for several minutes
- Pour and enjoy!