Remember when I got my Reishi tincture? Well, what I didn't tell you is that my friend had also sent along a large bag of pine needles. I had experimented with Pine Needle Tea before, but I was still excited to try the ones she had sent me. My only questions were: Would it taste different? Would the effects be the same? And why use Pine needles, anyway? I can't attest to the differences in flavor yet, but I can answer the other questions for you! Native Americans have been using Pine Needle Tea for centuries, and they were the ones that introduced it to the settlers as a cure for scurvy. Scurvy, as you might know, is caused by a severe lack of Vitamin C. Pine Needles have five times the amount of Vitamin C than a Lemon, so a concoction of Pine Needle Tea was the perfect solution. Pine Needles are also super high in Vitamin A, and, when combined with its vitamin C content, can be a useful remedy for things like: And that's just in tea form! Other ways you can use Pine Needles include: Pine Needles are pretty amazing, but they do come with a few warnings. First of all, do NOT drink Pine Needle Tea if you are pregnant because it can cause miscarriages. Also, if you are allergic to any form of pine, it might be a good idea to stay away (for obvious reasons). Now, there are some Pines to avoid. Do NOT make tea from: Always do your homework before foraging. If you can't be sure about any of the trees, just be safe and avoid it. Besides, you can often find Pine Needle Tea at your local health food store. If you are lucky enough to find a good tree, making Pine Needle Tea is super easy.
Collect a handful of young needles and remove the brown ends. Wash and chop them into small bits and place about a tablespoon into a cup. Cover with almost-boiling water and cover for 5-10 minutes, or until most of the needles have settled to the bottom. Add honey and enjoy!
There you go! The liquid can be anywhere from a pale yellow to a dark red, depending on the type of needle you use, and has a faint citrus flavor. To learn more. visit: Organic Facts, Medicinal Food News, Forest Holidays, Dave's Garden, Natural News, HubPages, Manataka American Indian Council, and The Herbal Academy.