Mama To Many (Tennessee) on 07/18/2016: Well, a friend and I have stumbled upon something for insomnia. Nettle tea! I gave my friend some dry nettle (with some peppermint for flavor) for a health issue. (I don't recall which health issue, but it wasn't insomnia.) She has had trouble sleeping for decades. Since childhood even. She started making and consuming a very strong nettle infusion. After several days she realized she was sleeping 7 hours a night and not waking up and having trouble getting back to sleep. The only thing she was doing differently was taking nettle.
I do not know why nettle is helping her. I have guesses. Nettle is a highly nutritive herb. Perhaps a simple undetected vitamin or mineral deficiency was causing the sleeping trouble. Nettle is a blood purifier. Perhaps the nettle is dealing with something in her system that was causing trouble sleeping. I can't explain it, but I can say that nettle is generally very safe. For someone who has tried "everything" for insomnia, strong nettle tea might just be the solution.
To make a strong nettle infusion:
Put 4 tablespoons of tea leaves (3 T. nettle, 1 T. peppermint) in a quart jar.
Pour very hot water over the leaves.
Cover with a lid.
Strain in the morning and drink throughout the day. Keep in the refrigerator. Discard 24 hours after you begin the brew.
This tea is also great for allergies and asthma and general poor health.
~Mama to Many~