How to Make Pine Needle Tea for Vitamin C and Wellness Print
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Pine needle tea has significant amounts of vitamin C, vitamin A, and flavoniods that make it a citrus-y flavored tonic drink to forage in winter.

How to Make Pine Needle Tea

  • Author: Joybilee Farm
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes.
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cup 1x

Description

Pine needle tea is a vitamin C and antioxidant rich tissane that is tonic and restorative in winter, with 4 times the vitamin C of fresh squeezed orange juice.  It should be avoided, however by pregnant mothers and those who plan to become pregnant.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 tablespoons fresh pine needles
  • 1 cup boiled, hot water
  • Honey to taste

Instructions

  • Remove the fresh, unblemished pine needles from the pine branches.  Rinse the needles in cold water.
  • Using herb scissors or a sharp knife, cut the pine needles into smaller pieces.  Discard the brown scale that joins the needles to the brand.
  • Place the pine needles in a tea strainer.  Place the tea strainer in a mug.  Pour boiled water into the mug, over the pine needles.  Cover to inhibit the volatile oil from escaping in the steam.  Steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the strainer from the mug.  Add honey to sweeten the pine needle tea.
  • Drink while warm.

Notes

The needles of some species of pine can cause abortion in pregnant animals, including humans.  Avoid drinking or eating pine needles if you are pregnant.

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