Cedar Tea

Cedar TeaWith allergy season brewing, get ahead of the game and drink to good health with this  this deliciously simple homemade tea, rich in Vitamin C. (It’s so simple you’ll wonder why you bother with store bought blends).

Cedar is a tree that likely grows in your own backyard and is known for having more Vitamin C than an orange. Cedar tea was given to some of the first North American settlers back in the 1500’s to treat scurvy. The first time I tried it was on a canoe trip when I got sick with pneumonia-like symptoms. A friend brewed up some fresh cedar tea and after 2-3 days of drinking it I felt top notch again. Ever since I’ve been a big believer in this herb.

Cedar tea is high in Vitamin C, which boosts your immune system and is known to lower histamine levels in the bloodstream which could prevent the onset of seasonal allergies.

It tastes…

Subtle and calming lemony flavour with a hint of bitterness with a touch sweetness.

It takes about 10 min. to make and serves about 6 mugs of tea. 

Harvest 

2-3 handfuls of freshly picked cedar leaves. (Make sure to harvest from natural, forest-like settings away from roads or pollution.)

Make it like so…

  1. In a small pot, bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil
  2. Add 2-3 handfuls of freshly picked cedar leaves
  3. Boil for 10 minutes or until the water begins to turn a golden yellow.
  4. Strain and serve

Optional: sweeten as needed with unpasteurized honey.

Once cooled, this makes for a really nice iced tea. Serve with freshly squeezed lemon or lime and store any leftovers in an airtight jar in the fridge for up to 1 week.

 

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