What Are The Health Benefits Of Pine Needle Tea?

Updated 2/5/22

Pine needle tea helps to increase mental clarity, defeat infectious disease and knock out cancer. Pine needles are a good source of vitamin A, an antioxidant essential for healthy vision, skin and hair regeneration and red blood cell production.

The needles also have several times more vitamin C than fresh orange juice and were used by the early settlers of North America to avoid scurvy — a disease associated with vitamin C deficiency. Due to their high concentration of antioxidants, pine needles are potent immunity booster. The tea is used as an antiseptic wash when cooled.

The oil in pine needles, like that found in eucalyptus, protects against a number of health issues and harmful organisms.

With more than a hundred varieties of pine trees in North America alone, it is important that you use the correct pine needles, as some varieties may contain toxins or cause negative side effects.

Health Benefits

  • Strengthens immunity
  • Relieves bronchial and sinus infections
  • Disinfects mildew, yeast spores and Escherichia coli
  • Protects against the common cold and flu
  • Neutralizes free radicals
  • Guards against muscle degeneration, eye diseases and nervous system disorders
  • Useful for treating eczema, Athlete’s foot, psoriasis, dandruff, acne, boils, sclerosis, allergies, kidney stones, hypertension, obesity, depression and tumors.

Pine needle tea is one of the most potent anti-oxidants there is and it’s known to treat cancer, inflammation, stress and depression, pain and respiratory infections. Pine tea also kills parasites.

The medicinal benefits of drinking pine needle tea relate to the cardiovascular, circulatory, immune and respiratory systems, in addition to its antioxidant activity and ability to prevent degenerative and chronic diseases. These beneficial effects are the result of high levels of vitamin C, vitamin A, polyphenolic compounds, B vitamins, calcium, iron, potassium and phosphorous.

In fact, research published in Nutrition and Cancer discovered that pine needles exhibit “strong antioxidant, antimutagenic and antiproliferative effects on cancer cells and also antitumor effects in vivo and point to their potential usefulness in cancer prevention.”

A Solution For The CV Spike Protein Shedding

There is an oil derived from pine needles called suramin that is a solution to the spike protein problem. Suramin has been used for 100 years as a treatment for African sleeping sickness and river blindness. Pine needles have been used by indigenous populations around the world as both food and medicine for thousands of years.

Using the needles and making tea is far better to using the single compound extract because the needles possess a full complement of phytonutrients providing numerous additional benefits that the extract is incapable of.

Suramin has inhibitory effects against components of the coagulation cascade and against the inappropriate replication and modification of RNA and DNA. Excessive coagulation causes blood clots, mini-clots, strokes, and unusually heavy menstrual cycles.

Pine Needle Tea


  • Handful of young green pine needles
  •  1 cup of near boiling water


  • To brew, collect a handful of young green needles.
  • Remove the brown sheaths at the base, wash the needles thoroughly and chop them into small pieces of about a quarter- to half-inch long.
  • Heat a cup of water to near boiling, pour it over a tablespoon of the needles and allow it to steep, covered for five to ten minutes, until most of the needles have settled to the bottom of the cup.
  • The recommendation is to drink several cups a day, making it fresh each time.

For a more medicinal tea, bring a cup of water to a near boil, add a tablespoon of chopped needles, then cover and allow the needles to steep in the near boiling water for an additional two to three minutes.

Remove the water from the heat and allow the tea to continue steeping, still covered, until it’s cool enough to drink. Again, most of the needles should have sunk to the bottom. Although this process causes the brew to taste a bit more like turpentine, it also releases more of the therapeutic compounds found in the needles’ oils and resins.

Identify The Pine Trees

The first and most important step in brewing pine needle tea is to identify a safe species. White pine is widely considered to be the best choice. Make sure you know what type of pine tree you are harvesting from. A good reference book to have is one with detailed clear pictures.

Here is a video identifying 4 common evergreen trees, and use their needles to make tea.

Wild Food Foraging- Pine / Spruce / Cedar / Fir- Evergreen Teas

Poisonous evergreens

DO NOT harvest from the following trees since the needles are toxic:

  • Ponderosa Pine (also known as Blackjack, Western Yellow, Yellow and Bull Pine)
  • Lodgepole or Shore Pine
  • Common Juniper
  • Monterey Cypress
  • Common Yew
  • Norfolk Pine
  • Australian Pine

A final word of caution: Women who are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant, should NOT ingest pine needle tea due to the risk of abortion.

Drinking pine needle tea is very effective if you are suffering from cold, cough, bronchitis, vision problems, chronic disease, high blood pressure, scurvy, poor circulation, and cardiovascular disease. It is also helpful to people who are recovering from a surgery, injury, or extended illness.


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