We tend to overlook our own backyard as a place to find nourishment and healthy choices. I am not talking about starting a garden, but using what is already there and abundant. Take pine needles for example. Most people are unaware of how much Vitamin C resides in pine needles; they have almost 5 times as much Vitamin C as citrus fruit.
There are numerous other benefits as well. Pine needles are also rich in Vitamin A. Pine needle tea lowers cholesterol levels, helps to prevent colds and flu, are rich in antioxidants, have strong anti-cancer properties, relieve fatigue due to menopause, and reduces levels of leukatrine (which can lead to asthma in children). And there is more! Pine needle tea is helpful with kidney stones, varicose veins, sinus systems, phlegm reduction, sore throats, ulcers, headaches and promotes better eyesight.
I bet by about now you are taking a good look at those pine trees in your yard (if you have been blessed to have them). A big word of warning, however; women who are planning to become or who are pregnant should not drink pine needle tea. It has been known to kill a fetus within 24 hours!
The tea is relatively easy to make:
- Choose pine needles (preferably from a white pine) which are fresh and slightly greener than the others.
- Wash them thoroughly to get rid of all the dirt.
- Chop them into ½ inch pieces (do not use brown ends), you will want approximately 1 Tbs of chopped pine needles per each 1 cup of water.
- Place them in a heat resistant container.
- Bring the water to a boil, then pour it over the pine needles.
- Let sit for 15 minutes or more.
- After steeping, strain the needles and enjoy.
- Add honey or stevia to sweeten.
- You could also refrigerate the tea for a cooler drink.
During cold and flu season drink this tea several times a day for maximum medicinal effect; it is best to make it fresh each time. Pine needle tea is a true gift during cold and flu season. Not only is it an enjoyable way to prevent those sniffles and viruses, but it brings wonderful aromas into your home!
Here is a great video on making your own Pine Needle Tea.