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White Pine Needle
Young pine needles are a great source of vitamin C, A, E, and a host of B vitamins. Tradition has it that the native americans saved the first settlers from scurvy and starvation by introducing them to the use of pine as a food source. The effects of the Spanish Influenza were also reportedly avoided by those who drank pine needle tea during the deadly epidemic.
Pine needle tea is good for soothing coughs accompanied by stubborn and thick mucus production and expectoration. The components in pine have wound-healing, decongestive and disinfectant effects on the respiratory passages. They also have strong anti-mutagenic, antioxidant and anti-proliferative properties, which reportedly help to prevent the growth of cancer cells.
To brew pine needle tea:
- 1/4 c. pine needles chopped into pieces
- Bring 8 to 10 ounces of water to a boil and remove from heat
- Pour over needles in a cup and steep until needles sink to bottom
- Sweeten to taste with fresh honey or stevia leaf
one can cover and/or steep over night to increase volatile oil content (which also brings out the flavor of terpene)
* Caution: pregnant women must NOT use this, as pine needles can be an abortive.
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