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Category : Beverages & Teas       Region : Southwest ~ California       Rating : 4
Pine Needle Tea

Contributor : Added by Administrator

Tribal Affiliation : Chumash

Orgin of Recipe : Offered by Rebecca Rangel ... who learned this from her Chumash Indian Grandmother in-law

Type of Dish : All Indigenous Ingredients

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Ingredients

  • Needles, flowers, and candles from yellow pine.

Directions

Crush and snip needles, flowers, and pine candles.
Meantime, boil a pot of water.
Place pine in boiling water, cover, and remove from heat. Let steep from 20 minutes to all night.
What you don't drink hot, refrigerate for a cold, refreshing drink.Experiment with proportions of pine needles to water.
The best tea will be a nice reddish color, and a small amount of oil will rise to the top.

This recipe makes a beautiful red tea, with a mild, pleasant taste. You can sweeten with honey if desired. If you drink this tea every day, it can relieve mild depression. Good for allergies too.

Note: If desired, you can simmer the tea awhile. It will be very strong, but will probably contain less vitamin C. Prepared this way, it is said to be good for coughs. It is also supposed to flush kidneys, although I have not noticed this effect.

Warning:I was looking at the recipes and noticed pine needles, upon looking at the
recipe I strongly felt the need to add a caution to this recipe; pregnant
women must NOT use this as pine needles will cause "abortion" this also
happens in cows, when they eat the pine needles they will drop their calf's
(dead) within a couple of days if not hours. Please add this caution.

Thank you

Tracy Sampson
NWSFA Project Coordinator
Nicola Tribal Association
Box 188
Merritt, BC
V1K 1B8

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