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Here is a real treat for all herbal tea/wild foraging lovers…

Pine needle tea along with fresh rosemary and licorice root, it’s a great combination. Pine needles are rich in vitamins A & C, and supplies 5 times more vitamin C then Orange Juice according to the Mayo Clinic. It’s great for colds & flu during the cold winter months.

Rosemary tea is a great tonic for the entire body, including the brain, heart and liver, a powerful antioxidant with the ability to treat a range of physical discomforts. Rosemary leaves are high in the following: beta-carotene/Vitamin A, thiamin/Vitamin B1, riboflavin/Vitamin B2, niacin/Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, biotin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E and Vitamin K.

Licorice root contains amino acids, the isoflavone formononetin, a polysaccharide sterol called B-sitosterol and several amines, including choline, asparagines and betaine, according to the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Licorice root also contains flavonoids like glabridin, liquiritin and chalcones, as well as coumarins like glycyrol. The flavonoids and a substance called glycyrrhizin are considered the main active nutrients in licorice root, notes the University of Michigan Health System. Glycyrrhizin is a type of triterpenoid saponin. Licorice root is great as an expectorant, laxative, & healing upper GI. Licorice root has been used in traditional Chinese medicine as an additive to most herbal remedies.

All these three combination is known to be an elixir for the fountain of youth… I’m game, if it’s great for your health along with the youth & beauty bonus. 😉

I will added Sage in place of licorice root because I do not have this readily available and had placed a special order via iHerb.com (they ship anywhere in the world! Free shipping worldwide for order over $40.00! They have thousands of natural organic products & supplements… check out my “Store” and be should to use the gift code VJV095 to get up to $10.00 off your first purchase).

Sage – beside its wide range in culinary uses, its properties are anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial; plus it helps cleanse your blood and may even prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Sage contains a variety of volatile oils, flavonoids (includingapigenindiosmetin, and luteolin), and phenolic acids, including the phenolic acid named after rosemary—rosmarinic acid. It is also an excellent source of vitamin K.

There are many wonderful combinations you may use in making herbal teas/mixing with pine needle tea. Below is a video demonstrating how to prepare pine needle tea… I personally use the 2nd method using a coffee press with boiling water (details below).

Special Tea ~ Pine Needle, Rosemary and Licorice

basket of wild herbsThis is a basket full of wild herbs & pine needles that was foraged on my friend’s property in the village of Gargalianoi, Greece. In the photo of a basket, I have wild sage, rosemary, bay leaves, and pine needles. What a gift, I feel blessed.

In preparation of making my tea, I take more pine needles, then sage & rosemary, adding pine pollen to my tea mix as well. The herbal quantities are personal at your preference, I like making pine needles as the main ingredient and then adding the rest to your liking. The tea taste great alone, but if you like to add some sweetener, I love raw honey but when I’m out, I use dark muscovado sugar. (Muscovado sugar maintains the same vitamin and mineral content as the juice it is made from. A 100-g portion of muscovado sugar contains 3.9 mg of phosphorus, 85 mg of calcium, 23 mg of magnesium, 100 mg of potassium and 1.3 mg of iron.  Muscovado is a minimally processed type of sugar that is made from pure sugar cane. It’s similar in appearance to brown sugar but is processed differently. While brown sugar often has molasses added back in after it has been refined, muscovado sugar is unrefined and may be stickier or denser due to sugar cane juice that remains throughout its processing).

Here are the steps:

1st select & rinse your herbs…
herbal rinse

Boil some purified water adding it to the herbs in the coffee press…

Finally let it steep for 15 minutes to an hour, the longer the stronger. Then adding raw honey or your favorite natural sweetener.

Pine needles, sage, rosemary, pine pollen.

Pine needles, sage, rosemary, pine pollen.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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