Why am I writing about a natural diuretic in August? Because the heat is a source of swelling (edema) for many people, particularly in the legs. Ever notice at the end of a hot day how you feel puffed up and lethargic? How about trying an infusion of nettle to help relieve the symptoms.
The following are my personal recipes for nettle leaf infusions:
2 – 3 litres boiled pure water
1 tbsp. nettle leaves
1 tbsp. horsetail
1 tbsp. oatstraw
1 tbsp. cornsilk
Place herbs in a large heat proof glass container and pour boiling water over.
Let steep and infuse. I just let it sit on the counter for the morning.
Strain and drink 2 cups in the morning, or whenever you feel you need water.
Strain and place remaining tea in a glass bottle in the fridge for later use.
Most days I add one of the following flavourings to vary the taste:
1 tbsp. dry mint leaves
1 tbsp. grated fresh ginger root
1 tbsp. dry licorice root
Nettle tea also makes a great iced tea. If desired, add a drop or two of stevia to sweeten.
According to Susan Weed, nettle is energizing without increasing blood sugar, and promotes sound sleep, a boon for all of you who suffer from menopausal sleep issues. It contains phytochemicals that recharge exhausted adrenals, rebuilds kidneys, and restores flexibility to the blood vessels. It is a safe diuretic that relieves edema without disturbing the electrolyte balance. It is loaded with nutrients; protein, vitamins, and minerals.
Nettle is safe and non-toxic, even for pregnant and lactating mothers.
I have been using nettle infusion for about 20 years, and have passed this information on to many to help relieve edema.
Purchase the above herbs at a reputable health food store, and store in glass bottles in a dark cupboard.
Voila! fast relief with something that tastes good! Enjoy….
reference: herbalist Susun Weed.
Author, Speaker & Registered Nutritional Consultant