Out camping or backpacking and looking for a refreshing hot drink loaded with vitamins? Nature can provide exactly what you’re looking for with a hot mug of pine needle tea.
I won’t delve into all the claims and benefits of pine needle tea, but rest assured, it’s loaded with vitamin C and A. Early settlers actually drank pine needle tea to ward of scurvy. If you do a bit of other research you’ll find claims to it helping with everything including cancer.
The process to brewing a cup of pine needle tea is pretty simple.
If you find white pine, identified by its long needles, grouped into fives – it is your best and safest pine to make tea from. I’d recommend picking from pine trees away from busy road ways where pollution from passing vehicles will settle onto the needles.