Harvested in the Ozark Mountains, these White Pine needles are picked from the tips of pine branches, giving you the best health benefit possible. They are wildcrafted which means they are taken from trees that grow out in the wild. They are not raised for the purpose of anything specific and these trees grow in a place where they are not subject to roadside herbicides, pesticides, or other contaminants.
Pine needle tea is incredibly healthy. It is full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A and has many other medicinal properties.
Before using the needles, you will want to thoroughly wash in cold water and dry them. Cut the brown ends off and trim the rest of the needles into small pieces. Let them dry in a basket or gently bruise the needles with a spoon to release the compounds, which will also produce more flavor for immediate use.
Place 2 tablespoons of the pine needles in a tea strainer. Place the tea strainer in a mug. Pour 1 cup of boiled water into the mug, over the pine needles. Cover to inhibit the volatile oil from escaping in the steam. Steep for 5 -15 minutes.
Remove the strainer from the mug. Add local honey to sweeten the pine needle tea if desired.
Drink while warm for best benefit.
Be cautious drinking pine needle tea:
Some species of pine have been known to cause abortion in pregnant cattle, so if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon, avoid using pine needle tea out of an abundance of caution.
The diuretic actions of pine needle tea can be irritating to the bladder. If you are taking prescription medication check with your health professional before drinking pine needle tea regularly. Pine needle tea can lower the amount of other drugs circulating in your blood.
Some conifers can be toxic so make an identification of the specific species before using it in this recipe. Avoid yew, cypress, and Norfolk pine as they are reported to be toxic.