When we think of pine needles, one envisions clusters of them under a tree waiting to be raked up. Your pets track them into the house and they stick to the bottom of your shoes. As negative as this sounds, there is a positive side to pine needles. You can actually make tea out of them and it’s very beneficial for you.
For many centuries, many Native Americans used pine needles to make a tea that could ward off colds and pump the body full of vitamin C. Its benefits still hold today. You can also get pine oil which has many benefits.
*Rich in vitamin C, it supports our immune system and tackle infections.
*Rich in vitamin A, it supports eye health, hair growth, acne and wrinkle reduction and skin regeneration.
*As an Expectorant pine needle tea can break up mucus and expel it from your lungs. It’s also great for those battling a sinus infection.
*Improves circulation by increases the production of red blood cells. This increases oxygen throughout your organs thus boosting energy levels and inhibiting anemia.
*Potent Anti-oxidant – pine oil can neutralize free radicals thus slowing down the aging process.
*Anti-Viral – with more vitamin C than oranges, pine oil or pine needle tea can protect you from the common cold and the flu.
*Disinfectant – you may have seen many cleaning products and air fresheners that contain pine in them. Pine oil has the capacity to kill germs like mold, E. coli and spores.
*Treats athlete’s foot, psoriasis, eczema, acne and dandruff
Making Pine Needle Tea
This couldn’t be any easier. Only pick needles from a tree that has not been sprayed or treated with chemicals. Pick the needles closest to the ends of the branches and trim the roots off them. Put them in a pot of boiling water and let them soak and infuse for about one hour. Strain and enjoy.
Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only. It’s not intended to offer any medical advice whatsoever. If you have any health concerns, see your healthcare provider.