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Ponderosa Pine Tree Medicine + How to Make Pine Needle Tea
Episode 1221st December 2022 • Herbs with Rosalee • Rosalee de la Forêt
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Pine (Pinus spp.) gives us so many gifts beyond its timber. The needles, pine resin, bark, and pollen are all potent herbal medicines. While towering ponderosa pine trees are not often thought of as herbs, this is powerful plant medicine. 

The land that my husband and I live on and caretake is filled with ponderosa pine trees and in this episode, I share my love for these majestic plants. I also explain how to make two versions of  pine needle tea.  One can be potent herbal medicine. The other is more of a crowd pleasing tea that can be enjoyed whenever you feel like sipping a bit of the forest.

After listening in, you’ll know:

► What’s a sign to rouse your inner skeptic when it comes to superfood claims?

► Are pine needles from any pine species safe for tea-making?

► Is it better to harvest young pine needles or older ones—and why?

► How to harvest pine needles sustainably (and when not to harvest)

Show snippet: 

“Pines are towering gifts of this earth whether they are providing us shelter, warmth, food, or potent medicine.”


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Rosalee is an herbalist and author of the bestselling book Alchemy of Herbs: Transform Everyday Ingredients Into Foods & Remedies That Heal and co-author of the bestselling book Wild Remedies: How to Forage Healing Foods and Craft Your Own Herbal Medicine. She's a registered herbalist with the American Herbalist Guild and teaches many popular online courses. Read about how Rosalee went from having a terminal illness to being a bestselling author in her full story here