Albanian pines provide year round goodness that includes 136mg of vitamin C per one cup of pine needles. Pine needles also contain vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and sodium. If this isn’t enough, they also contain polyprenols, physterols and carotenoids and this makes pine tea a potent antioxidant health brew.

Pine needles are probably not the first thing you think of when you hear the word tea. But it has been around for ages. The tea has a pleasant smell and taste.

Pine needles are rich in Vitamin C and also bring relief to conditions such as
heart disease, varicose veins, fatigue, kidney aliments, improve eyesight, mental clarity, increases your strength and vitality, helps in reversing or slowing the aging process.

Asian scientists to promote longevity used pine needle tea. This is the perfect tea to drink during the winter months.

You need to wash the needles thoroughly before making the tea. Run water over them until they are clean then put the needles in a teapot.

The amount of vitamin C is reported to be five times the amount found in a lemon. That means a cup of pine needles would yield more than 400 mg per cup of brew.

Pine needle tea is high in fat-soluble vitamin A, an antioxidant beta-carotene, which is needed for healthy vision and skin regeneration, and red blood cell production!

Scientists have explored the health and nutrition claims for pine tree foods that have been consumed for hundreds of years, such as the needles, bark, seeds, pollen, and resin. So far, they have found enough information to back up the medicinal claims with the potential for more uses. The following link directs to

National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine to show the Chemical composition of essential oils from needles and twigs of Balkan pine grown in Albania and Northern Greece.

How To Prepare Pine Tea

- The perfect cup of pine needle tea is a very enjoyable and nutritious experience, and available any time of the year.

- Gather a good handful of fresh young pine needles.
- Rinse the needles with water
- Use and Chop greenest tips into small pieces, then bruise with a spoon for more flavor. Place the chopped pine pieces in a cup.
- Bring 2 liters of water to a boil, and then promptly remove from heat.
- Pour the hot water over the needles in the cup.

The bright green needles will float to the surface of the water.

You can cover the cup with a saucer if you wish. This will hold in more of the essential oils, but take longer to cool.

Allow the tea to steep until the needles turn a dull green and sink to the bottom of the cup, or overnight.Add some honey and enjoy.

It is amazing what a simple cup of tea can hold. Just one cup could help us feel better by enriching and healing our bodies with a little hug from Mother Nature./AgroWeb.org