Stinging nettle tincture, how to make and use properly?

Nettle tincture helps with food poisoning, strengthens immunity, cleanses the body of toxins and provides iron. You can drink it undiluted as well as mixed with water and honey for better taste. 

For basic nettle tincture you would need 2 cups (approx. 300 g) of nettle leaves and stems and 2 cups of vodka. First scald the nettle with boiling water, chop the nettle stalks to release the juice. Put the nettles in an airtight jar, pour the nettle with vodka and close the jar. Leave the jar in a dark place for 2 weeks. After this time, strain the tincture, e.g. through a sieve, set aside the tincture for 24 hours and it is ready for use.

Stinging nettle tincture benefits

Do you want to know more about nettle tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a nettle tincture by yourself.

Where to buy nettle for tincture

If you are not using fresh herb you can find dried nettle on Amazon here – Nettle, Stinging Leaf, Cut & Sifted, Certified Organic, Kosher | 1 lb. Bulk Bag | Urtica dioica L.

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Nettle tincture uses

According to webmd list of nettle tincture uses may include:

  • diabetes,
  • osteoarthritis,
  • hay fever, 
  • a mild form of gum disease (gingivitis),
  • anemia,
  • asthma,
  • bleeding,
  • diarrhea,
  • eczema (atopic dermatitis),
  • infections of the kidney, bladder, or urethra (urinary tract infections or UTIs).

Nettle tincture benefits

Both the nettle tincture itself and nettle juice or nettle honey are very healthy. Thanks to their properties, they are often used in diseases. Nettle lowers cholesterol, urine and sodium chloride levels, and also reduces allergies, pain and inflammation.

It is a very good remedy for hair. By using it regularly on hair, it stops falling out, we get rid of dandruff and seborrhea. Additionally, it dilates blood vessels, lowers blood pressure, cleanses the digestive system, facilitates metabolism and has a positive effect on the stomach, liver and pancreas, increases appetite, lowers blood sugar levels, and is also used in purulent skin diseases, boils and acne.

Thanks to its diuretic effect, it is used in the treatment of nephrolithiasis and other diseases related to the urinary system. Like quince tinctures, nettle tinctures and juice are used when you feel weaker. The great advantage of consuming nettle (e.g. in the form of nettle tincture) is the increase in the production of red blood cells.

Nettle tincture dosage

To strengthen and cleanse the body, drink two tablespoons of the tincture a day after the last evening meal. 

The tincture itself is not very tasty, so it is worth pouring 2 tablespoons of the tincture into 200 ml of warm, but not hot water, add a spoonful of honey and a lemon slice and then drink it. 

In case of food poisoning or indigestion, drink 1 tablespoon of undiluted tincture. 

The tincture contains alcohol, so you should not drink it during the day if you plan to drive a car afterwards.

How do you make nettle root tincture?

To prepare the root tincture, get approx. 2 glasses (0,5 kg) of fresh nettle roots and 2 glasses (0,5 l) of vodka. It is best to do it in the fall or spring.

Young nettle roots should be thoroughly washed, dried and cut into smaller pieces and then placed in an airtight jar. Then they are poured over with vodka and left for a month in a cool and shaded place. During this time, the most important ingredients of the nettle can be released into the liquid, as well as thoroughly bite and combine.

During the maceration process, it is often recommended to shake the jar regularly for better results.

Nettle tincture contraindications and side effects

  • pregnancy and breast-feeding – stinging nettle may be unsafe to take during pregnancy, it’s also best to avoid stinging nettle if you are breast-feeding.
  • diabetes – there is some evidence that stinging nettle can decrease blood sugar levels. 
  • low blood pressure – stinging nettle might lower blood pressure. 
  • kidney problems – stinging nettle seems to increase urine flow, if you have kidney problems, discuss stinging nettle with your healthcare provider before starting it.

What type of alcohol is used for nettle tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried nettle, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.

How long does nettle tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, nettle tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

    Here you can also find a more detailed post with list of equipment that might be useful.

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Other names of stinging nettle

It is also known under such names: Bichu, Common Nettle, Feuille d’Ortie, Graine d’Ortie, Grande Ortie, Great Stinging Nettle, Nettle, Nettle Leaf, Nettle Seed, Nettle Worth, Nettles, Ortie, Ortie Brûlante, Ortie des Jardins, Ortie Dioïque, Ortie Méchante, Ortiga, Small Nettle, Stinging Nettles, Urtica, Urtica dioica, Urtica urens, Urticae Herba et Folium, Urticae Radix.

Sources: If you would like to check more info about the nettle here you can find article about it

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