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Pine needle tea has been prized for thousands of years for its many health benefits. Gerry, our Forest Ranger at Forest of Dean, is a great fan and he wants to spread the word about this natural remedy.
In the first of a series of posts following our successful #forestforaging event at the Forest of Dean we find out just what pine needle tea can offer.
As part of the event, Gerry led a group of intrepid bloggers on a foraging trip into the woods. The bloggers were shown how to make a fire and then set about making their own pine needle tea over the fire, which was declared â€œmuch nicer than I had expectedâ€ and even â€œdelicious.â€
How to make pine needle tea
For our bloggers, the instructions were:
Obviously, thereâ€™s no need to build a fire (but it was fun). Simply boil a kettle and pour over your pine needles, leave to infuse, then sieve and serve.
Enjoy your tea. Who knows, you might live to be 103 with 20:20 vision, a mind as sharp as a pine needle and no varicose veins. Weâ€™ll drink to that!
A word or two of caution: firstly, donâ€™t try pine needle tea if you are pregnant. Secondly, most pine varieties can be used, but steer clear of Yew and Cypress which can sometimes be mistaken for pine. A good rule of thumb is to avoid flat needles. If in doubt, ask a Forest Ranger. Better still, book a cabin at our Forest of Dean location and let Gerry teach you everything you need to know.