~~What's so special about pine needles and water?
First, the amount of vitamin C is reported to be five times the amount found in a lemon, which is 83.2 mg, according to NutritionData web site. That means a cup of pine needles would yield more than 400 mg per cup of brew. Vitamin C is an antioxidant and an immune system booster. It also improves cardiovascular system functions, improves skin and eye health, which alone accounts for many of the positive results from using the tea, such as a cure for scurvy.
Second, pine needle tea is high in fat-soluble vitamin A, an antioxidant beta-carotene, which is needed for healthy vision (especially in low light situations), skin and hair regeneration, and red blood cell production! The vitamin A explains a few more of the nutrition and health claims, but certainly not all of them. There is more to the tea than just vitamins A and C. There are many components to consider with swallowing a cup of pine needle broth!
Scientists are exploring the health and nutrition claims for pine tree foods that have been consumed for hundreds of years, such as the needles, bark, nuts (seeds), pollen, and resin (sap). So far, they have found enough information to back up the medicinal claims with the potential for more uses
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Pine Needle Infused Olive Oil for Salad Dressing
One of my favorite ways to use pine needles is to infuse them in olive oil for use in salad dressing. The needles should first be spread out to dry for a few days. The moisture in fresh needles (or any herb that you might infuse) can cause mold, so it’s always best to use dried.
Pack a 1 cup canning jar (or other glass container) with dried pine needles, leaving a good inch at the top. Chopping the needles first is optional, but does seem to impart more of the wonderful pine flavor and aroma. Cover the needles with olive oil, and put the lid on your jar. Now allow your needles to infuse for a week or two in a warm, dark spot.
Alternatively, you may place the jar of needles and oil in a dehydrator set at 100°F for about 8 hours.
Strain your oil for use in your favorite salad dressing recipe
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