Pine Needles In The Tea. Forget The Flu. Feel Better. Think Clearly.

pineneedlesPine needles are probably not the first thing you think of when you hear the word tea. But its been around for ages. The tea has a pleasant smell and taste.

Children seem to love it because of its tanginess. Pine needles are rich in Vitamin C and also bring relief to conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, fatigue, kidney aliments, sclerosis. Pine needle tea also gives you better eyesight.

This is the perfect tea to drink during the winter months.  And,

Before you go picking the needles off of a tree you should do a little research first. The type of tree ideal for pine tea is the White Pine.

The smaller needles tend to be sweeter but its not that much of a difference. You need to wash the needles thoroughly before making the tea. Run water over them until they are clean then put the needles in a tea pot.

How To Prepare Pine Tea

1) Cut the needles (leaves) into small pieces

2) Place one cup of the small needles in a pan.

3) Pour 3 quarts of water into pan.

4) Let the tea steep for about two hours (until the water turns brownish in color).

When you make tea, you want the water “HOT” but not boiling. You need to experiment with the amount of needles required and how much water is added to obtain an acceptable taste. This tea is not the best tasting but has many health benefits.

5) Let the tea steep for about two hours (until the water turns brownish in color).

According to the National Institute Of Health, pine needles include antioxidants that reduce free radicals that are harmful to humans and cause disease.

Pine needle tea is high in vitamins A and C. In fact the fresh green  pine needles have five times the amount of vitamin C found in one lemon.

Throughout the centuries, people have literally survived on pine-needle tea as well as cured themselves of scurvy by drinking a tea of both the needles and inner bark of the pine tee.

Pine needles contain volatile oils that help loosen congestion. As an extra bonus, they’re also a good source of vitamin C, which is essential for the immune system.

The amount of vitamin C and antioxidants help to aid in the body’s ability to get over a cold faster, which is similar to that of an immune defense aid such as Zicam and airborne.

Pine needle tea brings you clarity and mental clearness when you drink it.

The tea has many benefits; cleans the veins, increases your strength and vitality and helps in reversing or slowing the aging process. Pine needle tea was used by Taoist priests to promote longevity

This tea is so mild and originally sweet that you may not need sugar. However, if you are not accustomed to tea and its flavor, then I suggest experimenting with sugar, honey, and even peppermint.

If you don’t like the idea of drinking this tea it would still be a wonderful idea to pick some pine needles and let them sit in boiling water on your stove. This will add a crisp pine smell all over your house. You will love it.

Want to know more about pine needles? Then, post your question below.

Yours truly for great health, mind and body,

Michelle, natural health advocate

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January 29 2010 10:59 pm | Green Living and Healthy Eating and Natural Beauty and Natural Remedies

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