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Stinging nettles and diabetes

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I am a peripheral diabetic – Type 11 threatening but not actually. For a year I have controlled my blood sugar with diet. The Primal Diet in fact. The Diabetic nurse is quite impressed but can’t understand how you can control your blood sugar by eating a high fat diet! But I now also have another secret – Stinging Nettle Tea.

I discovered Nettle Tea reduces blood sugar – and it does. I have just gone for my 6 monthly HBA1c. It’s good. I feel proud that I have done it without the doctor’s  pills!

However, if you are on medication,you need to take care to not drink too much nettle tea it works so well.

Currently, I am picking and drying nettles. They crumble easily into a sort of tea leaf consistency (use gloves to crumble) and in a caddy, they will last me till next year. They are much stronger than a single fresh leaf in a cup of boiling water that I usually have. And I put a teaspoonful of dried nettle tea in a teapot and use a tea strainer to pour it into my cup – mug.  And like all things, I don’t overdo drinking it. It’s powerful stuff.

drying nettles

Drying stinging nettles

Warning! If you ARE on medication –

Nettle Tea can decrease blood sugar levels. It might increase the chance of low blood sugar in people being treated for diabetes. Monitor your blood sugar carefully if you have diabetes and use stinging nettle.


Don’t confuse stinging nettle (Uritica dioica) with white dead nettle (Lamium album).


Author: Elizabeth

I'm someone also pounding the Path, just like you.

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