Beauty @alysonsimplygrows forages for pine needles to make a grounding Pine Needle Tea. As the tree of this month, this beloved Evergreen has deep symbolic meanings throughout the world. It is a powerful and resilient tree able to grow in a variety of rugged terrain and challenging weather. Head to our stories to get the full how-to from Alyson.
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Foraging for pine in the depths of winter is one of my favorite activities.
Forest bathing in evergreens, especially pine, is always a shot of hope in the long, dark winter months. Pine’s vibrant, enduring energy speaks to me. The wind carries the uplifting message “trust yourself,” as I search for pine needles fortified with vitamin a + c and antioxidants. The fresh needles become more tender and light in color when steamed. white pine is wonderful for digestion and a mild expectorant.
When foraging for pine, it is best to use a resource to ID your plant. Pine is closely related to cedar, juniper and firs. But it is the only one with clusters of needles two to five are wrapped in a paper like sheath at its base.
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I connect with the plant I want to work with before I harvest, giving thanks, my respect, honor, prayers and ask for permission from the plant. I try to not harvest more than I need.
Pine Needle Tea Recipe
Makes two cups
- 2-4 tablespoons freshly chopped white pine needles
- 4 slices of fresh ginger
- 1 tsp dried orange peel (or a fresh slice of lemon)
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- Boiled water
Boil water. Wash & chop pine needles. The more finely chopped the more flavor is released. Add a slice of fresh ginger, orange peel, cinnamon stick & pine needle into your tea strainer. Pour over boiling water, infusing your intention for the tea and for your day. Steep covered for 15-20 minutes, placing a stone near the tea to affirm your intention.
Add a dollop of honey and enjoy in a peaceful place connecting with the essence of the plant and noticing its effects on your mind, body & spirit. Plants offer kinship in our chaotic world and can infuse us with a sense of well-being and connection.