Pine Needle Tea - What's All the Buzz About?
WHAT DOES PINE NEEDLE TEA TASTE LIKE?First, to clear the air...pine needle tea does not taste like Pine Sol cleaner (not that I have ever actually tasted Pin Sol). Instead, it offers up a woodsy aroma and pleasant citrus-like flavor that warms the soul. Pine needle tea has a mild herbaceous taste and refreshing light scent. The taste depends on the variety of pine needle used. Some people also say the taste reminds them of basil or peppermint tea. It may be blended with a variety of herbs including mint, hibiscus, lemon/orange peels, ginger, cinnamon, lavender, and chamomile. The vast majority of our clients are surprised by how much the enjoy the taste and aroma!
WHAT TYPES OF PINE NEEDLES ARE SAFE?Conifers are evergreens, meaning that they don’t lose their needle like leaves in winter. The conifer division is called Pinophyta, which has eight families including Pinaceae and Cupressaceae. These two families contain the majority of what we think of as “pine trees” in the United States, including firs, spruces, hemlocks, cedars, pines, junipers, and redwoods.
There are many different species of conifers that are edible and medicinal, but please consult a guide book to make sure you are foraging for the right tree as there are a few that are toxic, most notably those in the yew family. We offer only the finest Eastern White pine tree needles in our bagged tea and loose products, ensuring a safe and delicious tea.
One warning that I have found repeated on several sites - pines containing phytoestrogen molecules may result in spontaneous abortion; therefore, pregnant women are advised not to drink it. Lactating mothers too should avoid its consumption due to certain risks to their babies. What those risks are, I do not know. It is important to do your own research and consult with your physician prior to consuming any herbal tea or remedy.
POSSIBLE HEALTH BENEFITS OF PINE NEEDLE TEA
Rich in Vitamin C: Pine needle tea is said to contain 5-6 times more vitamin C than a lemon or a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice. It is therefore effective in curing scurvy, a condition that occurs due to deficiency of this particular vitamin. Native Americans introduced European settlers to this tea when the latter were suffering from scurvy.
Rich in Vitamin A: Being a good source of this fat soluble vitamin, an antioxidant beta-carotene, pine needle tea may help in producing red blood cells, maintaining healthy vision, and aiding in regeneration of hair and skin.
Decongestant Properties: This herbal tea is effective in expelling phlegm from the body, helping to treat common colds as well as relieving blocked nasal passages and sore throats. People suffering from bronchitis may get relief on inhaling its vapor as it is functional in breaking the mucus accumulated in the lungs.
Cancer Preventive Properties: The results of this scientific study from 2006 show that pine needles exhibit strong antioxidant, antimutagenic, and antiproliferative effects on cancer cells and also antitumor effects in vivo and point to their potential usefulness in cancer prevention.
Helps Fight the Flu: Our Eastern White pine needles contain shikimic acid that is an important constituent for tamiflu, a common flu medicine. Thus, its anti-viral property helps to fight against this particular ailment.
Helps Prevent Blood Clotting: Pine needles contain substances that appear to reduce platelet aggregation in the blood, potentially preventing blood clots that lead to strokes, heart attacks, and pulmonary embolism diagnoses. Suramin is strongly inhibitory to the replication of the coronavirus spike protein. It also has an inhibitory effect against components of the coagulation cascade and the inappropriate replication and modification of RNA and DNA.
Acts as an Energizer: Rich in various nutrients, our pine needle tea provides energy, helping one maintain a healthy lifestyle. Taoist priests were believed to drink this tea for a long life.
Aids in Relieving Pain: When cooled, this tea acts as an effective bath infusion and antiseptic wash, helping in relieving muscle cramps and body pains.
Gluten-free Herbal Tea: Being gluten- free, it is highly beneficial for people suffering from celiac disease (an intestinal disorder caused by eating gluten found in wheat, oats etc.).
Aids in Weight Loss: The white needle tea is effective in controlling obesity and aiding weight loss by helping the body to metabolize fats or lipids. With virtually zero calories and packed full of nutrients, our pine needle tea is an excellent drink for those living a keto lifestyle and/or practicing intermittent fasting.
Provides Mental Clarity: This tea helps in maintaining the clarity and clearness of mind, thereby giving a refreshing feeling.
Other Benefits: It also helps in providing relief from various heart ailments, kidney diseases as well as conditions like varicose veins, sclerosis, muscle fatigue and gangrene. It even facilitates strengthening of optical nerves, helping in treating certain eye ailments.
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