Iron in Nettle tea

by TeaLady on September 5, 2010

Nettle plants

There is a vendor at the Ottawa Farmers Market who buys my tea. He was hanging around my booth today looking for a new flavour trying to decide which one to purchase for his friend as a gift.

He told me that he bought the Nettle Mint Stevia because he often gives blood and being a vegetarian, he often finds himself a little low in iron and wanted to improve the iron content of his blood. The last time he went to give blood he drank tea the day and night before, and then another pot in the morning. Then he described to me a process during the blood donation to test his hemaglobin; they place a few drops of the blood into a liquid to see how buoyant it is. He told me that for him it usually floats down slowly because he is vegetarian, but this time, the drop fell rapidly to the bottom. He said that the nurse was shocked and responded “Did you say you were vegetarian?” and he told her about the nettle tea and the iron. I guess even within 24hrs drinking that nettle tea improved his blood THAT MUCH.

I love hearing stories like this.

I recently learned that Nettle is the plant that contains the most protein. Plants in general are not extremely high in protein but nettle apparently has the highest protein content. That would explain its reputation as being a blood sugar balancer and a strengthening herb. I mean aside from all the other rich nutrients and the high, easy to absorb iron. It would also explain another story that I often get from older european marketers visiting my booth.

They, feeling nostalgic and unhurried, seem to enjoy sharing with me. “You know, in Germany after the war, there was a food shortage; and many families survived by simply eating nettles out of the fields.”

Many reasons to drink nettle tea existed before you even came to my booth and had your first sample sip of my delicious blend that convinced you into being a daily herbal tea drinker even if you weren’t before. And if you are ever lost in the forest or find yourself in a food emergency, seek out the nearest ditch or field and grab some stinging nettle for supper.

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Doula Chrissy September 8, 2010 at 10:02 am

Nettle helps reduce the production of endometrial tissues. I live with endometriosis , inflammation and IBS (caused by my endo). I’m always seeking ways to ease things more naturally. A mixture of nettle and tummy soothing mint is a perfect tea combo for me. Reading about the benefits of the protein and iron is added bonus! My levels tend to dip into the anemic category from time to time depending on my cycles…I never knew nettle helped with iron production – added bonus! :)

lauren September 8, 2010 at 10:15 am

Yay for nettle tea!! As a person who suffers from diabetes, I have been taking Nettle tea to help decrease blood sugar and glycemic levels. I also find it helps with eczema! :)

Marie Joanne Vaillancourt September 8, 2010 at 11:57 am

Drinking nettle tea everyday has helped me with so many different health issues I was having…but I ran out a month ago and decided to see if there was any difference in my health if I stopped drinking it. Well, YES there is! I have had allergy issues for the past 2 weeks…some say it’s ragweed? Not sure, but boy I had forgotten how bad it can get. My allergies had not flared up in almost 2 years but here it is now! I want my Nettle tea!!!!! :-)
I’ve also found a difference in my energy level as well. It’s down quite a bit…

angela September 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Dear Tea Lady!
I love Nettle Tea, It was introduced to me as an iced tea, and I have mixed it with red clover and peppermint, so in truth, have never had it with mint & HOT! I look forward to trying this blend. I love how it makes me feel! ive loved reading about all the health benefits and will continue to drink it!

leslee September 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm

I take nettle tea because of its antioxidant properties (vitamins A, C and E), as well as being rich in iron (which you mentioned), calcium, phosphates and other minerals. I also find its antiinflammatory nature & protein content help soothe & rebuild my muscles after an intense workout. Yeehaw for power plants!!! (your blend w/ stevia & mint is out.of.this.wOrlddddd!!!) :)

Fran :O) September 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Glad to learn more about nettle & in tea too! My mom is diabetic and I wonder if she’d like to try it? Plus, Lauren (above) mentions its works for excema too — and that’s my “sore spot” too! Thanks! :O)

Kelly September 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Love your nettle mint stevia blend! I love the nettle especially for the assistance it provides me in surviving allergy season!

Christine September 8, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Bonnie-Jean you share the most wonderful information on the healing and helpful properties of your teas. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

Christine September 8, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Oops! Forgot to mention that I am a diabetic and this is a wonderful “sweet tea” that needs no additional sweetener and tastes great!

TeaLady November 7, 2010 at 1:19 am
TeaLady December 8, 2010 at 6:53 pm

psoriasis.
at least 2 separate customers noted that when they ran out of nettle/mint/stevia, their psoriasis flared up more and when they were drinking a pot a day the psoriasis was at it’s minimmum.

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