The most impressive fact about pine needle tea is that it contains 4-5 times more vitamin C than orange juice, which is commonly praised for its immune-boosting properties. This high dose of vitamin C can stimulate the production of white blood cells, promote antioxidant activity throughout the body, lower your risk of chronic disease, and speed healing and collagen production.
Pine needles, whether we take them as a tea or as a tincture can help us combat depression and gain increased mental clarity, as well as relax and sleep better.
Vitamin A is found in a notable concentration in pine needle tea. This antioxidant vitamin specifically helps with vision health, and can help to prevent oxidative stress in and around the tissues of the eye, slowing down the onset of cataracts and preventing macular degeneration.
Pine needle tea was often used by indigenous cultures for its expectorant and decongestant qualities. It can force mucus and phlegm to be expelled, which effectively eliminates the bacteria and other pathogens living there. The decongestant nature helps to clear out your sinuses and relieve pressure and sinus headaches.
Oxidative stress in obese people can be a deadly combination, and can lead to higher rates of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and strokes. The antioxidants in pine oil, such as carotenoids, sterols and polyphenolic compounds, can help to lower inflammation and blood pressure in the cardiovascular system, protecting the body from these potentially fatal health conditions.
As mentioned, vitamin C is found in high quantities in this tea, and it is a key component in collagen production. Without collagen, we couldn’t regenerate tissues, muscle fibers, bone, tendons, organ tissue or skin, so if you have suffered an illness or injury, a huge boost of vitamin C in the body is necessary.
Research has been done on pine needles effect on chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and even autoimmune disease. The high and diverse antioxidant concentration in the tea counteracts the effects of free radicals and protect the body from these conditions.
Some of the volatile components in pine needle tea are necessary for the production of red blood cells, including vitamin A. This can help to boost your production of red blood cells, thus improving circulation and delivering essential nutrients to extremities in the body.
Early studies on the effect of this potent tea on Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases has shown promising early results. The antioxidants in this tea can lower the level of beta amyloid deposition, which is the plaque in the brain that compromises neural connections and impairs memory.
Pine is actually a broad term that encompasses more than 170 different species of coniferous trees that fall within the Pinaceae family. You can find species of pine in the majority of the Northern hemisphere, but there is only one that is native to the southern hemisphere.
These trees can have impressive lifespans, some stretching to 1,000 years of age, and the oldest known “pine” tree in the world is over 4,500 years old and can be found in California.
One of the best parts of pine needles, in any form is their amazing smell and taste. It fills your house with a smell that takes you straight back to memories of green forests and Christmas!
Dosage: 20-30 drops, 3 times a day.
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