Re: Flu & Pine Needle Tea
- I am very fortunate to have several different types of pines growing in
my area, one of which is my favorite white pine. I've made tea from all
of the different pines that grow here in Tennessee and the best tasting
to me is white pine. One thing to remember about making pine tea is not
to boil it. Heat kills vitamin C and also releases the gummy part
(resin) in pine needles. So to avoid that I simply bring clean, pure
water to just before the boiling point, let it sit about 5-10 minutes,
then pour it over my fresh pine needles, strain, and drink. No gummy
sawdust taste. Good tea and also you can take those fresh pine needles,
chop them up and add them to white vinegar. Shake it from time to time,
put in a cool dark place and in about 6 weeks to 3 months, you have a
very good tasting herbal vinegar that goes well with olive oil on any
salad except maybe fruit.
Marie in TN
- Thank you! I never get the flu shots either and don't think that I have ever had the flu but the tea sounds like a good thing and may have other benefits as well. I am a very new member of this list and am already loving it!
--- On Fri, 5/10/13, Lygeia <goody2shz@...> wrote:
From: Lygeia <goody2shz@...>
Subject: [PF] REPOST FOR DIANA - Pine Needle Tea
To: "Plant Foragers" <PlantForagers@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Friday, May 10, 2013, 10:40 AMWe just had a thread about this. You must have joined after. Scroll down for lv's method of brewing pine needle tea..~:*"*:~.Lygeia.~:*"*:~.----- Forwarded Message -----
From: Sam Schaperow <sam.schaperow@...>
To: "PlantForagers@yahoogroups.com" <PlantForagers@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 4:39 PM
Subject: Re: [PF] Re: Flu & Pine Needle TeaSamDoes this work to help prevent the flu? It is possible, as are the other possibilities discussed, as well as an "infinite" number of other possibilities ,some of which may not even be identifiable via brainstorming w/our current knowledge on health.BTW, if I had said I'd send anyone anything (trade or not), please remind me when its in season so I can send it.
I have plenty of eastern white pine, and I realize people in other areas have plenty of other things (especially leaves on medium to large trees). Should anyone wish to do some plant trading w/me, I can send along plenty of pine needles.On Mon, Apr 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM, Lygeia <goody2shz@...> wrote:LV, what's a liquidizer? Could it be what we here in the States call a blender? Can you make pine needle tea from any kind of pine needles? What would the exact proportion to water be? Maybe 1 tsp. chopped pine needles to 8 fl. oz. water?I also very rarely get the flu. In fact, I can't remember the last time I had it. Seven or 8 years ago when this horrible flu was going around and people were literally dropping like flies all around me, I was one of the only ones (maybe the only one) in my office who never got it. I attribute that to using daily Lysol wipes on the desk, phone, etc. I also rarely get colds. I think the last one was 2-3 years ago. I only started foraging and drinking raw milk last year, so that can't explain my resistance, but I did take pancreatic enzymes tablets for years. Maybe that had something to do with it..~:*"*:~.Lygeia.~:*"*:~.
From: Lv <liebrecht@...>
Sent: Monday, April 29, 2013 11:29 AM
Subject: Re: [PF] Erodium cicutariumYou should have taken pine-needle tea aka Tamiflue.
I guess you knew that, since that is why you posted flue, with
discussion of pine needles.
Our family never take flue shots and about never for thirteen years had
My daughter had the odd nose-run picked up from school but nothing that
ever made her ill.
Last flue I had was in Germany in 1996.
We do drink pine-needle tea about twice per month.
No clue why we never get flue, but it might be the pine-needle tea.
Would be nice to hear from others who do not take flu-shots and drink
The only explanation I have is
1) genetics (Odds that both me an my wife are THAT resistant -i don't
2) Pine-needle tea ( is Tamiflue, strong correlation)
3) Raw Milk (provides hordes of antibodies)
4) No flu-shots. (I think this is the strongest correlatives)
5) General Foraging (Too on and off, but who knows)
I pick white pine needles then put in the liquidizer with a bit of
water, then heat it up for quite a while on the stove at 80Celsius or
below boiling. Sometimes I boil it (sloppy).
Then strain through paper filter.
Celia Browne wrote:
> Celia (Achoo!!!) ...who's been down with the late winter
> flu...*cough-cough, hack-hack, sniffle-sniffle*
Sam Schaperow, MSMFT, LMFT