Pine Needle Tea is one of the highest immune-boosting teas on the market today, and while you can probably find it at your local health food store, the best way to drink it is fresh off the tree. But before we get into that, let me tell you why it’s so amazing.
Pine needles have an extremely high amount of Vitamin C, and the tea has been used as a cure for scurvy for centuries. Pine needles hold about 400 mg per cup, which is more Vitamin C than lemons and oranges combined! Vitamin C also boosts your immune system, helps your cardiovascular system (heart and veins), and can improve skin and eye health.
Pine needles also have a large amount of Vitamin A. Vitamin A is beneficial for your vision, helps skin and hair regeneration, and can also help the production of red blood cells. Besides having these essential vitamins, Pine needle tea is often prescribed as an expectorant (thins the mucus), and the tea can also be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled.
While most pine trees are safe to drink, there are three that should be avoided. they are the Yew Pine, the Norfolk Island Pine, and the Ponderosa Pine. These three pines are poisonous to humans and should be avoided when making tea. Also, remember that while all pine trees may be evergreens, not all evergreen are pines! Be sure to correctly identify your plant before you make anything from it, and test your first cup gently to make sure there are no allergies involved.
This is a great tea to make in the winter time, and it can help fend off pesky colds and other winter-time ailments. If you’d like more information on making homemade pine needle tea, check out Practical Primitive for a handy, step-by-step guide. You can also visit Dave’s Garden and Medicinal Food News for more information on the tea itself. The photos came from Medicinal Food News and Manataka.