Pine needle tea .
When i was shown the Pine tree and all that could be used from it , i was astounded and shocked , not just from the information but i think because i hadn't heard anything about this tree before and had probably judged this tree in my head somewhere to have nothing of any value . How stupid the mind can be , labelling and putting things into 'this is useless
' boxes ! It happens all the time in learning Bushcraft and primitive skills , how little we know ...
So ...Pine Needle Tea contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A. It is also an expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant.
This delightful tea is great to drink also because of its vitamin C (which is about 400 mg or more) and vitamin A ( which helps vision, skin and hair regeneration, and cell reproduction). Some of its creat uses help with you with cancer, a cold, scurvy, sclerosis, the flu, a digestive aid, an alternate for caffeine, weight loss, aging, urinary infections, kidney stone, and so much more .
It should be drunk throughout the winter to prevent illness, hopefully ! It will definitely help a lot!
So please get out there and harvest some , a great project for the kids and to make the most of a sunny day . You can dry and store some for the winter in jars . Make sure you are very careful about identifying it , making sure when you get home to check on the internet or in a book, which type of needles you have found .
How to make pine needle tea :
Step 1: Harvest a cup of young green needles from the Pinus strobus
Step 2: Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan or pot.
Step 3: After the needles are added, reduce heat to a simmer and partially cover to minimize evaporation.
Step 4: Continue simmering for 20 minutes. Heating longer is not recommended since vitamin C is degraded by heat.
Step 5: Remove from heat and filter the needles by straining. The tea may be consumed warm or cold.
Optional: Add lemon juice and sweetener of choice, such as maple syrup or stevia.