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The Health Benefits of Pine Needle Tea

Ancient Egyptians used Pine Oil to embalm the dead when they were placed in the Pyramids.  Pine oil was used for boats in Biblical times to waterproof.   Storage boxes for food were soaked in Pine Oil in Scandinavian countries to protect the food from bacteria when stored through the summer months

It is a natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, and astringent that treats and bandages wounds like a two-for-one. The softer sap can even be chewed like gum for colds and sore throats. Pine sap can also serve as a waterproofing for seams in boots, boats, and containers.

Our Pine Needle Tea is from Romania which contains, without a doubt some of the most extraordinary terrain, stepped in history.  Romania has some of the most fertile virgin land in all of the Balkans.  Our Pine Needle Tea comes from such soil and harvested with great care and made into tea.  The Bucegi Mountains of Romania is where a enigmatic Romanian Sphinx was found.   It came to the attention of the Romanian government with American satellite technology revealed a hidden and inaccessible chamber within a mountain under the Sphinx.

 Pinus Sylvestris Pine Needles

Pine is native to the mountainous regions of Romania and many regions of Europe,  and North and West Asia.    Pine Trees are known as the protectors of the forest.

It may not seem like it, but needles are leaves. They do the same job that broad leaves do—capture sunlight, “inhale” carbon dioxide, and “exhale” oxygen—providing the tree with food and air for us to breath. Instead of shedding every autumn, though, needles can last three or four years!

Conifers in many ways are more primitive than flowering, broad-leafed trees that evolved more recently. But their needles still offer some nifty advantages over leaves—especially in tough climates or soil conditions:

  • Needles have a thick, waxy coating that retains more water than a regular leaf.
  • Since needles don’t shed in autumn, they can capture sunlight for nearly the entire year.
  • Needles can survive ice and snow.
  • Needles have lower wind resistance than big, flat leaves, so they’re less likely to make the tree fall over during a big storm.
  • Needles are tough for insects to eat.

All the above confer a magnificent volatile oil consisting mainly of alpha-pinene and some beta-pinene, d-limonene and other constituents.

 This is the reason that when Pine Leaves are taken internally, they have an antiseptic effect within the chest and may be used for arthritis and rheumatoid problems.

Benefits of Pine Needles

The essential oil from the leaves has been used for

  • Asthma
  • Bronchitis
  • Digestive disorders

Pine Needles tea benefits the immune system and speeds healing as it contains 4-5 times more vitamin C than orange juice. Pine Needles are the best natural source of suramin and are used to prevent blood clots, protect DNA and RNA, improve circulation, and regulate blood pressure.

Immune System Boost

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.

Natural Suramin Source

Pine needles are the best natural source of suramin.  A powerful antiviral, suramin is also noted to help the body through post-medical procedures, both more complex surgeries, but also simple ones.  (Suramin is a medicine, over 100 years old, originally produced from pine needles)

Suramin from pine needles benefits are believed to be particularly helpful for blood clots, protecting your DNA and RNA, while antioxidants, also found in pine needles, help protect your heart, brain, liver, and other organs.

As a matter of fact, pine needles are the best natural source of suramin, better than the isolated medication. Here’s why:

One of the benefits of using whole herbs instead of isolated extracts is that a herb is a much more complex mix of chemistry that has just the right amount of different substances that work together, resulting in a bigger effect than all the substances individually.

No medical research confirms this yet, but people have been using suramin for autism and as a powerful antiviral. Studies on this have just recently started and look promising.

Suramin pine needles benefits are believed to be particularly helpful for blood clots, protecting your DNA and RNA, while antioxidants, also found in pine needles, help protect your heart, brain, liver, and other organs.

Respiratory Conditions

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.

Depression

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. 

Vision Health

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 maculardegeneration.

Blood Pressure

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.

Speed Healing

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.

Prevent Chronic Disease

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. 

Circulation

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.

Cognitive Function

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 reduce the plaque in the brain that compromises neural connections and impairs memory.

Vitamin C in Pine Needles

Back in the day, sailors used to drink pine needle tea to protect from scurvy. Pine needles are bursting with vitamin C, with 4 to 5 times more vitamin C than a glass of orange juice! This tea is also rich in powerful antioxidants. Antioxidants help our body combat outside stress and fight free radicals, preventing damage of our cells.

A study observed very important pine needles antioxidant benefits. It was noted that pine needles tea may inhibit leukemia cell growth and protect people against DNA damage. Aside from being full of vitamin C, pine needles are an excellent source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is important for eyesight, bone health and helps build your body’s defense system.

A combination of pine needles vitamin C and A is used for treating acne and pine needles tea isexcellent for the skin – giving you a shiny complexion, strong nails, and strong, smooth hair.

How to use Pine Needles

If you are in need of a natural expectorant - whether due to a common cold, flu, a hard-to-shake cough, or another mucus-related illness – pine needle tea is a must-have herbal infusion.

Breathing in the fragrant steam before you drink your pine needles tea,  or making yourself a steam inhalation should greatly help your sinuses, throat, and lungs both short and long term.

Pine Needles Tea Helps Your Workout

If you’re wondering what are the benefits of pine needle tea, one study on pine needles may surprise you.  It suggests that sipping pine needle tea after exercising is a great choice!

If you want to prevent your muscles from getting sore and would like to increase your workout effects and endurance, make sure you drink pine needles tea after your workout.

Pine Needles Tea Recipe and How To Take

How to make pine needles tea? It is really as simple as it sounds.

Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of pine needles into a teapot and stir, cover and leave the tea to stand for 5 to 10 minutes.   Strain and drink one to three times per day.

Some people prefer to boil the pine needles in water for up to 30 minutes and then leave it to infuse overnight, which gives a much stronger mixture.

However you prefer to prepare it, on top of the pine needle tea benefits explained above, the house will smell lovely, the tea will be tasty, and you will feel a momentarily transfer to a green, peaceful forest.

You can use this tea to wash your face or use it with a cotton pad as a face toner. Your skin will be grateful, and you will notice a gradual improvement in your complexion.

Pine needles tea is a great natural remedy for acne and skin problems, in general!

Pine Needles Steam Inhalation

For any congestion problems, pine needles steam inhalation is natural solution. Make a stronger batch of tea (1 litre to 4-5 spoons of pine needles), simmer in a pot for 15 – 30 minutes. Cover and leave it cool for 5-10 minutes. Put a towel over your head and lean over the pot so you can trap the steam.

Breathe in deeply and feel your airways clearing.