Wild Nettle Tea Recipe

A simple herbal infusion

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James Strawbridge
Cornish Chef, Author and Photographer
31 August 2022

A quick and easy warming drink, made using free nettles you've picked with your very own hands - don't worry, we'll be showing you the best way to avoid getting stung. This infusion is packed full of antioxidants and serotonin - that's right, this drink will give you some good vibes! Happy brewing.


Serves 4

Large handful of nettle leaves*

Handful of nettle seeds

200ml boiling water

(ideally allow the water to cool for a few minutes to about 85˚C for optimum brewing)

*Watch the clip below for tips on how to pick the leaves


– Forage for your nettles on a footpath rather than next to a main road and try to pick from higher up rather than ground level to avoid mess from dogs.

-Clean your nettles under cold running water and place into a tea pot or tea strainer to brew.

– Allow the nettle tea to brew for 2-3 mins in hot water before straining and serving. You can also make cold brewed nettle tea by leaving chopped nettles in a 500ml of water overnight.

– Try serving the iced tea version with a slice of lemon and ice cubes.