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Pine Needle Tea - Organic

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Tea Shop The Smallest House

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Description

Imagine: a soothing walk through a pine forest, where the fresh scent of pine needles stimulates your senses and a feeling of calm and well-being falls over you. This is exactly the feeling that our pine needle tea evokes in you. This unique tea is made from the needles of the Scots pine, a tree that has been known for its medicinal properties for centuries. The pine needles contain a high content of vitamin C and antioxidants, which contribute to good defense and a healthy blood circulation. But that's not all. The pine needle tea also has a delicious sweet taste that will surprise your taste buds.

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What does Pine Needle Tea taste like?

Our pine needle tea has a soft and fresh taste, with a slightly sweet undertone. The tea is not bitter or spicy, but rather has a pleasant and refreshing taste that reminds you of a walk through a pine forest. The pine needles give the tea a unique aroma that is both soothing and invigorating. Try this delicious tea yourself and be surprised by its special flavor.

How strong is Pine Needle Tea?

Our pine needle tea can be brewed to be either strong or mild, depending on your personal preference. We recommend steeping the tea for 5 to 10 minutes in boiled water, so that the flavors and health benefits are fully extracted. Drink up to 3 cups per day to enjoy the benefits of this healthy tea.

Please note: this tea is not suitable for pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers.

How do you brew Pine Needle Tea?

Brewing Pine Needle Tea is very simple and is actually done in the same way as brewing regular tea:

  1. Take a teaspoon of dried pine needles for each cup of tea you want to brew.
  2. Bring water to a boil and let it cool to about 90°C.
  3. Add the pine needles to the water.
  4. Let the tea steep for 5 to 10 minutes, depending on how strong you want the tea to be.
  5. Strain the pine needles from the tea and pour the tea into your cup.
  6. Add honey or a slice of lemon to taste.

Enjoy your delicious cup of Pine Needle Tea!

Niels' Tip

A creative tip for Pine Needle Tea is to use it as a base for a refreshing iced tea. After steeping and cooling the tea, add some freshly squeezed lemon juice and a few sprigs of fresh mint. This creates an invigorating and purifying drink, perfect for hot summer days. It combines the health benefits of pine needles with the refreshing properties of lemon and mint.Niels, the owner of The Smallest House Tea Shop, smiles while holding a pack of tea

Pine Needle Tea

Our pine needle tea is made from the tops of the Scots pine, a tree known for its medicinal properties. The pine needles contain a high amount of vitamin C and antioxidants, which contribute to a good defense and a healthy blood circulation. Scientific research has shown that pine needle tea can help relieve respiratory infections, colds, sore throats, asthma, and bronchitis.

Medical Effects

  1. Respiratory Diseases: 

    Scientific research has shown that pine needle tea can help relieve respiratory infections, colds, sore throats, asthma, and bronchitis. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology, for example, showed that the extract of Pinus pinaster Aiton (Pycnogenol) had a positive effect on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)1

    It was also discovered that essential oils in pine needles can have a positive effect on respiratory diseases, as published in the Flavour & Fragrance Journal2.

  2. Expectorant Effect: 

    It is claimed that pine needle tea has expectorant properties, although no specific scientific studies have been found to support this.

    However, the anti-inflammatory properties of pine needles, as documented in some studies, may contribute to relieving symptoms related to the respiratory tract and other breathing problems..
  3. Vitamin C and Antioxidants: 

    Pine needle tea is known for its high vitamin C content. A study by the US Forest Service showed that pine needles contained between 0.72 and 1.87 mg/g Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) when sampled in mid-summer, with vitamin C concentrations being 4-7 times higher in the winter months. According to the USDA, pine needles, depending on their age, even contain more vitamin C than oranges. These findings are supported by multiple sources that emphasize the high vitamin C content in pine needle tea3.

Disadvantages of Drinking Pine Needle Tea

While drinking Pine Needle Tea brings health benefits, we also need to inform you of the potential disadvantages of drinking Pine Needle Tea. For not all people will drinking this tea contribute positively to health:

  1. Allergic Reactions:

    • People with allergies, especially to pine pollen, should be cautious when considering consuming pine needle tea. Cross-reactivity with other allergens may occur, which can lead to severe allergic reactions, with symptoms ranging from mild irritation to life-threatening anaphylaxis.
    • If you are allergic to pine, consuming pine needle tea may result in skin rash, respiratory problems, nausea, or diarrhea.
  2. Pregnancy and Breastfeeding:

    • Pregnant women should avoid pine needle tea as it has been linked to uterine contractions and a potential risk of miscarriage4
    • Similarly, breastfeeding mothers should be cautious, as the substances in the tea can be transferred to the child through breast milk, posing unknown risks.
  3. Interactions with Medications:

    • There are no specific scientific studies found that indicate interactions between pine needle tea and certain medications. However, it is always advisable to consult a healthcare provider if you are taking certain medications and considering consuming pine needle tea.
  4. Environmental Contaminants:

    • Pine needles can absorb environmental contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, and industrial chemicals. Consuming contaminated needles can lead to health risks, including long-term exposure to harmful substances. Our pine needles come from the Scots pine and are organically grown.

Given these potential risks, it is crucial to exercise caution and thoroughly research or consult with healthcare professionals before deciding to consume pine needle tea, especially if you belong to one of the above groups or are taking certain medications.

Conclusion

    Pine needle tea can offer health benefits such as antioxidative properties, vitamin C supply, and relief from respiratory infections. However, it also has disadvantages such as the presence of toxic substances in some pine species, potential allergic reactions, and serious risks during pregnancy. It is advisable to consult a healthcare provider before consuming pine needle tea, especially if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, have allergies, or are taking medications.

    Frequently Asked Questions about Pine Needle Tea

    Do you have a question about the use of pine needle tea? Below we have answered the most frequently asked questions for you.

    Brewing pine needle tea is simple. Take a teaspoon of dried pine needles per cup. Boil water and let it cool to about 90°C. Add the pine needles and steep for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain the needles and enjoy your tea. Add honey or lemon to taste.

    The pine needles we use come from the Scots pine, which grows in various parts of the world, including Europe and Asia.

    Yes, pine needle tea is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants, and can help relieve respiratory infections, colds, sore throats, asthma, and bronchitis.

    Dried pine needles last about a year when stored in a cool, dry place.

    No, it is not recommended to drink pine needle tea during pregnancy or breastfeeding, as it may pose risks to the child.

    Do you have more questions about Pine Needle Tea?

    If your question about Pine Needle Tea has not been answered above, please send an email with your question to info@hetkleinstehuis.nl.

    We will answer your question as soon as possible.

    Category Tisane Brand Het Kleinste Huis EAN13 4801288677795 In stock 3 Items SKU 737-50
    Gluten Gluten free
    Lactose Lactose-free
    Nuts Nut-free
    Ingredients needles of the Scots pine
    Amount of tea per cup 1 - 2 tea spoons
    Indication brewing time 5 - 10 minutes
    Temperature water 90 ºC - 100 ºC (194 °F - 212 °F)
    Organically grown? Yes
    Palette Fresh, sweet, soothing
    Color infusion Light yellow
    Caffeine? No
    Time of day In the morning / In the afternoon
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    Pine Needle Tea - Organic

    €5.95
    Tax included
    Weight

    Tea Shop The Smallest House

    • Amsterdam's tea shop for over 10 years
    • From €45 free shipping in NL
    • Free sample bag with every order
    • Pay afterwards via Klarna.
    • Pay with VVV gift card

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