In this article, I will cover exactly how to make pine needle tea the best way.
The pine tree is one of the most important (commercially) trees because of its use for lumber and wood pulp for paper. However, its pine needles are also great for all sorts of things!
Let’s dive in.
Pine Needle Tea Benefits
From providing an essential ingredient for turpentine to offering a delicious tea full of Vitamin C, pine trees have been used as beneficial resources by people all over the world.
Native American Indians introduced sailors in the new world to Pine Needle Tea when they reached their shores. It has since become known as one of nature’s most powerful sources of vitamin C, containing more vitamin C than that found oranges!
The evergreen needles are also extremely valuable for outdoorsmen because sap from dead pines can be harvested into Fat Wood (also called Lighter Knot), which is highly flammable – ideal for starting fires.
On dry days you may even find yourself able to start a fire with just some dried Dead Pine Needles and a Ferro rod! The sap itself isn’t only great at helping get your campfire going.
It’s practically made up entirely of natural antiseptic properties, so it’s excellent if you need something quickly on hand, should any cuts occur while you’re out adventuring too.
Furthermore, eating the thin inner bark of these trees was not unheard of amongst native Americans who would process this source food before storing it away – though frying crispy like bacon does take things up another level altogether!
It’s important, however, first to ensure that none among those around suffer from allergies towards pines before trying to make teas or using them otherwise due mostly to how potent such items could prove potentially dangerous under certain circumstances.
With precautions taken care of, let us move on to learning about brewing our very own cup of pine needle tea now, shall we?
How to Make Pin Needle Tea
It’s time to make some pine needle tea! To begin, you’ll need a tripod for your pot. Cut three trees of similar diameter and carefully lash them together so that they form an arch shape with string or rope. This will be used over the fire throughout multiple days, depending on how much use it gets.
Start your flame using fat wood as kindling. Once lit, locate the right type of pine tree.
Avoid Norfolk Island Pine or Yew Pines as these are poisonous when consumed in any way- instead, opt for Loblolly pines (the most common found in Mississippi) which have clusters roughly an inch wide containing three needles each bundle.
Use your knife to halve each cluster before setting it aside while filling up 20-32 ounces of water into the hanging pot above the flames. Bring mixture to boil until ready to serve hot!
Enjoy all its wonderful benefits such as being rich in Vitamin A & C along with many other antioxidants allowing one’s body maximum health potential through consuming something from nature itself without added preservatives or chemicals making it an extremely healthy and refreshing drink option perfect anytime anywhere!
Once your water is boiling, take the pot off the fire and throw in a handful of those halved pine needles. Let this steep for around 15-20 minutes without bringing it to boil again – doing so can give you an unpleasant turpentine taste!
Put on the lid while waiting, then check if they have turned yellowish-green and discolored some parts of that clear liquid before getting ready to serve. To avoid any particles or needles from entering into your cup when pouring out tea, place a bandana acting like a filter over it first.
Enjoy all its benefits, such as being rich in Vitamin A & C along with many other antioxidants allowing one’s body maximum health potential through consuming something naturally made without added preservatives or chemicals making it extremely healthy yet refreshing anytime anywhere!
Now it’s time to enjoy your drink! Pine needle tea tastes like how Christmas smells and is refreshing without being too bitter or overpowering.
You can add a bit of sugar for extra sweetness, but the natural flavor alone will be enough to put you in good spirits. Several cups each day have been known to naturally boost one’s immune system.
I personally vouch that after feeling slightly unwell while camping in the woods with nothing else available, multiple servings did indeed do wonders as by morning I was back at full strength again!
For more detailed instructions on making pine needle tea check out my YouTube video below – cheers and happy drinking everyone!
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“How to Make Pine Needle Tea ” is a very informative blog! Pine Needle Tea isn’t my cup of tea, though. At least now I know how to make pine needle tea if I don’t have any other choice.
Wish ot was a printable recipe format. Lol. Hard to cut & paste.
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Great article, glad you mentioned the different kinds of pine trees. Lot of people don’t know the difference.
Very informative, I knew about pine needle tea but you gave the reader a lot more info. Great job