The Health Benefits Of Harvesting Natural Teas… Muskeg Tea (Labrador Tea)
IITM: If you’ve been in a wet foresty area, chances are you seen Muskeg tea… aka Labrador Tea… I am happily harvesting some plants for a delicious detox tea blend… .it is worth it to go with natural plants when possible, their roots go very deep… this is helpful to get those hard to reach minerals… compare this to an annual crop where the same part of the soil is depleted year after year… BIG DIFFERENCE!… Dandelions while not considered natural to where you often find them, do excel as a detox herb…. I’m SUPER EXCITED, TO KNOW THAT LABRADOR TEA IS MAY BE EFFECTIVE AGAINST YEAST… BETCHA GOT A YEAST PROBLEM AND MAY OR MAY NOW KNOW IT!! LOL:
- Labrador Tea (Muskeg Tea)
- Baby spruce needles
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White flowers form on the shrub in clusters from May to July. Both the leaves and flowers can be used. The leaves are available for harvest all year round.
The tea has no caffeine and a mild narcotic effect. I like Beverly Gray‘s description of the tea as having an “interesting forest-like flavor, a little bitter, a little astringent, a little spicy, a little camphor-like”.
Infuse as a tea. Use as a spice (crushed or ground) and add to meat dishes and salad dressings. Use in soups as a substitute for bay leaves.
Crush (to release the essential oils) ¼ cup dried or fresh Labrador tea. Add 4 cups of boiling water. Simmer for 5-7 minutes or longer for a stronger brew. You can also steep the dried flowers for a fragrant and delicate tea.
- treating coughs and colds (high vitamin C)
- as a relaxant before sleep
- clearing the sinuses (inhale the steam)
- According to Alberta Plant Watch: used to treat diarrhea, pneumonia, eye infections, difficulty urinating, tension and kidney ailments, and bad breath
- liver regenerator and cleaser
- analgesic properties, which help reduce pain when used as a poultice or infused in oil or water, i.e. added to a warm bath to treat arthritis
- relief of migraines
- anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties
- twigs found to be active against colon carcinoma and lung carcinoma cells
- has been used by Indigenous peoples for Type 2 diabetes
- diaphoretic effect (helps the skin eliminate toxins and encourage perspiration, therefore helpful to treat a fever)
In a study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 1992, Dr. Allison McCutcheon and colleagues found the branches of Labrador tea act as an antibiotic against E. coli andBacillus subtilis. Previous studies demonstrated the floweringheads in an extract were effective against both bacteria as well as the yeast Candida albicans. Other researchers also found extracts from the leaves active against Staphylococcus aureus bacterium. ~Beverly Gray
- Hang leaves in closets to repel moths, insects and rodents
- A brown dye can be made with the leaves
- According the Alberta Plant Watch, “Labrador tea has the ability to concentrate zinc and copper, and thus has value in geo-botanical studies”
Caution: Only drink the tea occasionally or in moderation, especially if you are pregnant or have high blood pressure. In larger doses, Labrador tea can be considered cathartic and cause diarrhea.