DIY Nettle & Dandelion Detox Tea

   reading time: 2 min

This makes a wonderful drink to naturally cleanse the liver and stimulate other organs for improved wellness and even immune boosting.

Stinging nettle is known for its blood-cleansing, anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, purifying, diuretic and metabolism-stimulating properties, and can help with allergies, hay fever, circulatory disorders, eczema, overall skin diseases, hair loss, arthritis, high blood pressure and problems with the urinary tract, stomach, kidneys, gall bladder, liver and spleen. It also supports the adrenals and lymph system and increases milk supply for lactating women. It is also said to increase potency and fertility.

Drinking nettle tea may also help battle hair loss, as iron can help with circulation to the scalp.
A rinse made with nettles promotes hair growth. Nettles will also help with an imbalance of sebum (the oil that your pores produce) which will help if you suffer from dandruff or dry scalp.

The additional dandelion plant in this recipe provides valuable bitter compounds, acting as a natural diuretic and antioxidant, supporting liver and kidney health, detoxifying the body, regulating digestion and aiding with weight loss.

In summer, the tea makes for a great thirst-quenching drink. Due to its diuretic effect, nettle cleanses the blood of waste products and provides you with a fresh, clear complexion.

CAUTION: A tea cure with stinging nettle should not last longer than 8 weeks. Do not drink tea with nettle in case of kidney diseases, limited kidney activity and heart failure!


Preparation time: 2 mins (+ 10 minutes steeping time)
Main ingredients: stinging nettle, dandelion
difficulty level: easy
makes: 1 cup of tea
suitable for: vegan, lactose-free, gluten-free, soy-free, sugar-free, yeast-free, oil-free


2-3 tsp of dried nettle leaves OR 3 medium sized fresh stinging nettle plants, chopped
4 big sized fresh dandelion leaves, chopped
1 cup of boiling water
(optional) a handful or dandelion flowers
(optional) 1 tsp raw honey


Rinse the fresh wild herbs to remove any dirt or bugs.

Fill your fresh or dried nettle leaves, dandelion leaves and dandelion flowers (if using) in a tea strainer and add that to a mug. Cover with boiling water, and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes.

Sweeten the nettle tea with raw honey as desired and preferably drink it twice a day (e.g. in the morning and at night) about 1/2 hour after meals in small sips. Do so over a period of 8 weeks.

You could also try adding a slice of ginger root or even a few mint leaves.

General Foraging Guidelines:
  • You should be 100 % certain you are identifying the correct plant. If you do not know what it is, DO NOT eat it! Do not pick if you're in doubt!

  • Don't harvest from contaminated areas such as busy roadsides, near industrial facilities, where dogs pee, along the edges of agricultural fields, old landfill sites etc.

  • Be mindful & harvest sustainably. Only pick from areas that have a plentiful supply, and never more than 1/4 of a plant, ideally only about 5 %.

  • Leave the harvesting area litter-free.