Pine Needle Tea | Wild Foraged Tea

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It’s one I’ve been crafting a lot this past winter and I have found it to be a rather invaluable way of grounding myself and my practice to this new land – besides it’s quite a simple and lovely little recipe that’s been close to my heart for sometime!
Of course with forgeable teas there are precautions that must be taken – check the edibility and vulnerability of the species of plant you are hoping to use and make sure there are no pesticides or pollutants present on or around what you harvest.

Pine itself is a stimulating expectorant that carries antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties thus making it quite useful in caring for fevers, coughs, and colds
-it works great as a preventative as well!

I hope you enjoy!

4 cups of water
small handful of pine needles
– 1.5 Tbs peppermint or 1 cinnamon stick
(both house warming properties and aid in the healing of coughs and colds though peppermint is the stronger of the two)
– desired amount of honey

(there are two styles of preparation, each yields a different result)

Preparation One:
use when wishing to make a preventative/simply enjoyable tea
-chop and bruise pine needles
-steep in boiling hot water for 5 minutes
-strain and enjoy!

Preparation Two:
use to treat fevers, coughs, and colds
-chop and bruise pine needles
-bring 4 cups of water to a boil on the stove
-once water is up to temperature add in the needles along with the cinnamon stick (crushed) if you’ve chosen to add it in
-allow to boil for 20 minutes
-once time is up, turn off the heat and allow to continue steeping for an additional 20 minutes (add in the peppermint, if you’ve chosen to use it, at this point)
-once the time has passed, strain the tea and enjoy!

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