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Nettle for Athletes

23 July 2021 Olympic Games 2020

Games of the XXXII Olympiad and commonly known as Tokyo 2020, is an upcoming international multi-sport event. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was rescheduled to take place from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.

For many athletes, energy ebbs and flows. Some days you’re feeling on top of your game, but others you’re barely limping along. That’s pretty normal for most people, but athletes notice it more keenly because it can dramatically change their performance.

Athletes are among the heaviest users of complementary and alternative medicine. Unlike non-athletes, athletes may use it not just for prevention, treatment or rehabilitation from illness or injuries, but also for performance enhancement. 

Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is the best friend of athletes. It is used for joint ailments, osteoarthritis (OA), musculoskeletal aches and pains. Nettle is a good blood purification, wound healer herb and a general tonic. Above all, a tasty food ingredient filled with essential nutrients.

Do you want the same health and energy as athletes have? Try this daily infusion to support your training and your life. Whether you make it a hot tea or a cold summer beverage, it will help you detoxify the body, help reduce inflammation all the while improving your energy levels.


  • 1 part dried nettle 
  • 1 part dried oatstraw 
  • 1 part dried raspberry leaf 
  • 1/2 part dried rose hips or hibiscus 
  • 1/2 part dried tulsi (holy basil) leaf

Blend all herbs and store them in an airtight container. Be sure to label your blend. 

For a cup of tea, use 2 tablespoons of herb in a cup (250 ml) of water. Let the herbs steep in the water for 20 minutes if the water was hot or several hours if it was cold. Strain and enjoy.