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Sunday, 15 March 2020

Pine Tea Recipe: Naturally Boost Your Immune System

With the Coronavirus pandemic disrupting life on a worldwide scale, there is no better time to turn to our plant allies for help fortifying our natural defenses.


 A mug of Pine tea couldn't be simpler to make (only 2 ingredients!) and contains 4 - 5 times more Vitamin C than a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice. Vitamin C is an immune system booster which means that pine tea can help fight off illness and infections. Pine tea is also high in Vitamin A which helps red blood cell production. You can use Pine tea to help relieve chest congestion, coughs and sore throats.


In fact, Pine Tea has many health benefits. Here's a few:

- Rich in Vitamin C. Vit C is an immune booster (helping us fight infections and diseases), and is also great for fatigue and heart conditions. Vitamin C is a key component to collagen, which our bodies need in order to repair tissue, muscle fibers, and skin.

- Rich in Vitamin A. Vit A is great for red blood cell production, circulation and eyesight.

- Pine needles have antioxidants, which help to reduce harmful free radicals in our bodies.

- Pine Tea can help slow the ageing process, and is a favoured drink of Taoist Monks who believe it helps them to live longer.

- Pine can relieve coughs and soar throats.

- Pine Tea is widely drunk in Korea, using fresh or fermented pine needles.

- Many indigenous cultures used pine tea as a decongestant. It can help to expel mucus and phlegm, clear your sinuses and relieve pressure headaches.

- It can help to clear your mind and aid memory thanks to it's antioxidants.

Pine Tea - Natural Medicine
Pine Needle Tea by Wyrdwood Acres



To make pine needle tea: 


- Gather fresh needles from a Pine Tree.

- You need approx. 2 tablespoons of fresh pine needles per cup (roughly one modest handful).

- Boil your water.

- Now you have 2 options. You can grab a mug and pop your needles in, pouring the water over the top and then fishing out the needles after a few minutes of steeping. Alternatively, if you happen to have a herbal tea pot, you can pop your pine needles inside the herbal chamber, and add your boiled water, and allow to sit for a few minutes.

- Add honey to taste if you like your tea sweet.

Enjoy!


Word of cautions: Do not take Pine tea if you are pregnant. Most pine varieties can be used for pine tea but steer clear of Cypress and Yew which can be confused with pine.


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