Pine Needles for Tea
Fresh Florida Pine Needles to aid in making Pine Needle Tea
How to Make Pine Needle Tea
For a high integrity tea that pulls out the most antioxidants and vitamin C, use fresh pine needles.
· Boil 12 cups of water
· Add approximately 1 Cup of chopped pine needles
· Simmer for 10 minutes
· Ready to drink or store in the fridge for up to 3 days
BENEFITS OF PINE NEEDLE TEA
High in vitamin C (4 times that of a freshly squeezed orange) High in vitamin A Flavonoids including anthocyanins. (Known for respiratory support, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammation qualities, fighting cancer, tracking down free radicals, fighting against coronary heart disease, anticoagulant and antiviral actions, and are hepatoprotective.) Help with a more productive cough Immune support (fighting against infections and viruses) Contains Shikimic acid (this acid is derived from zeylenone which fights against displays cancer, viruses and exhibits antibiotic behavior. Shikimic Acid is used in the production of Tamiflu, a prescription drug used in the treatment of avian flu, H1N1, and the swine flu.) Contains triacetylshikimic acid (which is an active anticoagulant and is antithrombotic.)
Pinaceae covers pine, spruce, fir, cypress, cedar, juniper, and other conifers are called Pinaceae in the plant family. The varying types of pine offer differing flavors.
Some other benefits that pine needles share with other conifer species:
Analgesic Antibacterial Anti-Anti-inflammatory Antimicrobial Antiseptic Antispasmodic Antitumor Antitussive Antiviral Aromatic Astringent Bronchodilator Decongestant Detoxifying Disinfectant Diuretic Diuretic(Make sure to check with physician if you are on medication. The diuretic property may lower the amount of medicine in your system.) Expectorant Immuno-modulating Improves circulation Invigorating Lymphatic Relieves Relieves nervous exhaustion and fatigue Relieves sore muscles Restorative Tonic
DO NOT MAKE PINE NEEDLE TEA from yew, cypress, and Norfolk pine. They are identified as toxic in tea.
CAUTION: Certain types of pine may cause abortion in pregnant cattle. Avoid using pine needle tea if you are planning to be pregnant or are pregnant.