Pine Needles Herbal Tea
Brew using boiling water and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes
Pine Needle Herbal Tea is, quite literally, made from Pine Needles. The Pine Needles used in our particular Tea come from the wild forests of Romania, with the young green needles being carefully harvested and dried before arriving here at The Kent and Sussex Tea and Coffee Company.
Used for centuries by the Native Americans and First Nations tribes of North America, pine needles have long been touted for their astonishing medicinal capabilities. When Europeans were first introduced to pine needles, it was used to combat ailments such as scurvy. Today, scurvy is less of a concern, but other ailments such as respiratory conditions, high blood pressure and weak immune systems can be combated with the frequent consumption of Pine Needles Herbal Tea.
It is important to note, however, that only certain types of Pine Needles have health benefits, like this Herbal Tea, while others may contain toxins or cause adverse side effects. That is why we strongly urge that consumers do not brew their own Pine Needles from a garden or woods. Instead, buy it from a safe, quality-assured source like us. Our Pine Needles Herbal Tea is safe, is of the highest quality, and is, most of all, tasty.
There are hundreds of types of Pine Tree, with only a few producing pine needles that are usable for Tea brewing. Leaves from the Korean Red Pine tree (P. densiflora) are brewable, known in Korea as “jannip-cha” (잣잎차) or “baegyeop-da” (백엽다). Furthermore, and more commonly, the Eastern White Pine (P. strobus) is used in the making of North American Pine Needles Herbal Tea.
The Haudenosaunee Native Americans, in particular, had a great admiration for the Eastern White Pine Tree, which they called the “tree of peace”. And when the leaves are used in the making of Pine Needles Herbal Tea, we like to think of it, also, as the “Tea of peace”.
White Pines grow to be more than 55 metres (180 feet) tall, their foliage consisting of fine, flexible blue-green needles which grow five to a bundle, forming large clusters that resemble giant fan brushes. But when brewed, they do one better: they taste delicious!
Type of Tea: Herbal Tea.
Brewing Instructions: Brew using freshly boiled water and infuse for 5 to 10 minutes.
How to Serve: This beverage is best served as it is, although lemon may be considered as an optional extra.
Tasting Notes: Evoking strong images of strolling through vast, dense forests, our Pine Needle Tea has a distinctly fresh and minty aroma and flavour coupled with surprisingly bold herbaceous notes. A slightly sweet aftertaste follows soon after, thus tempting the palate for another sip.
Colour in Cup: Pale white liquor, light in tone.
Health Benefits: Pine Needles, when brewed, are an excellent source of Vitamin C. As most will know already, Vitamin C can boost the immune system, thus enabling your body to fight off minor illnesses, including the common cold and flu, more effectively.
Furthermore, Pine Needle Tea contains high levels of fat-soluble Vitamin A, which can help to improve eyesight and certain skin conditions, as well as strengthen hair and potentially boost the production of red blood cells.
Last but not least, Pine Needles Herbal Tea is entirely caffeine free, making it an excellent alternative to caffeinated beverages, particularly for those looking to cut down on their daily intake of caffeine, including pregnant women who should not exceed 200 mg of caffeine a day, according to NHS Choices. However, it is also advised to seek professional consultation before consuming Pine Needles Herbal Tea, or any Tea, for its potential health benefits.
Health PointsAnti Oxidants, Digestive, Flu, Immune System, Refreshing
Caffeine LevelDecaff (none)
Time of DayLunchtime, Afternoon, Evening