Is herbal tea really that good for you? Herbal tea quickly absorbs and influences the body making it one of the best natural remedies available. Whether you enjoy a cup of herbal tea on occasion or use it medicinally to treat a specific condition, herbal tea is a great way to nourish and support health.
White pine needles are an excellent source of antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin C. The oil found in pine needles contain a natural form of suramin, which is used in pharmaceutical form as a parasitic treatment. Shikimic acid, also found in pine needles, has antiviral properties and is used for treating flu and respiratory illness.
Little did I know this deep dive into herbs would coincide with a virus that would cause a world pandemic. I balanced news reports with herbal textbooks and while I am thankful for our modern day medicine, I am also thankful for the traditional teachings of the medicine growing around us. There is a need for both.
A herbalist teacher once told me to pay attention to the plants growing around me, they are often an indicator of the medicine I need. Some years it’s the dandelions growing in abundance. This year it’s clover. My fascination with plant medicine has branched into a fascination with soil and the microbiome within it. We can’t have healthy plants without a deep respect for the soil and life within it.