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More Than Just a Christmas Tree
Uriia Underhill, B.Sc.

Historically early settlers have been rumored to chew, make teas, soups and other food with the help of PINE NEEDLES.  SAY WHAT?!?!?! Yes, you read it right! That huge tree that grows in yards through out your own neighborhood as well as rapid through the United States is actually good for you! 

Pine needles are said to contain 5 times the amount of Vitamin C as one lemon, producing 400mg per 8 oz. when mixed with water.  Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant, and necessary for growth and development (NIH, 2013). Vitamin C is also known to improve eyes and skin, and the cardiovascular system. Pine Needles are also very high in Vitamin A. Vitamin A is also a very powerful antioxidant. Vitamin A helps with hair, skin, eyesight, and the production of red blood cells.

BUT WAIT… It’s not just the needles that are said to be a healthy addition to any meal. For hundreds of years health benefits have came from consuming pine tree pollen, sap, and nuts.

Mother Nature is an open pharmacy.  Enjoy what is has to offer today, for a healthier tomorrow!

NOTICE**** NOT all types of Pine Tree Needles and other products are safe for consumption.  It is recommended that you DO NOT ingest Norfolk Pines (many commercial Christmas trees), Ponderosa Pines, and Yew. It is NOT recommended for pregnant or nursing women or animals.


National Library of Medicine, (2013) Vitamin C & A, Retrieved January 23, 2013 from http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002404.htm , http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/vitamina.html

Walker, B., Dave’ Garden, (2013) The Amazing All-Purpose Pine Needle Tea, Retrieved January 23, 2013 from http://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3126/

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