Want to learn how to make a healing spruce needle tea? Continue reading and discover two amazing recipes with spruce.
Due to its rich complexion of healing essences, spruce needle tea has powerful expectorant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibiotic properties. Spruce is also known for its beneficial action on the digestive system, due to its soothing, and antidiarrheal effect. Without further ado, let’s get straight to the spruce needle tea and, surprise, a spruce decoction recipe that is also amazing.
Spruce Needle Tea Recipe
Add 2 spoons of dried spruce needles, roughly cut, in 250 ml (one cup) of boiling water and simmer for 10 minutes. Leave to steep for 30 minutes, then strain the spruce needle tea and drink warm. Sweeten with raw honey to taste. Compared to fir needles, spruce needles are round and not flat, do not have the white coloration, are not as smooth as fir needles, and can actually hurt you pick them. They are more dispersed on the branch.
Spruce Needle Tea Uses
- Bronchitis – has the property to break up secretions, especially phlegm, and helps manage mucus hypersecretion (mucolytic) in bronchitis, and tracheobronchitis – 3 cups a day before meal.
- Urinary and Genital Infections – it can also help reduce lung inflammations – 3 cups a day before meal.
- Upset Stomach and Diarrhea – it is an exceptional disinfectant of the digestive system, great natural aid in diarrhea, and a soothing of the stomach linen. It also has a calming and tonic effect on the nervous system, inducing sleep.
- Rhinitis and Sinusitis – steam inhalations with spruce needle tea can help alleviate rhinitis and sinusitis symptoms. Lean your head over a pot of hot steaming spruce needle tea, and cover your head with a towel. Do the inhalation for one minute, pause for a few seconds, and do it once again. This helps the rich essential oils in spruce needles to enter your airways and reduce inflammation. Ideally, do the inhalations in the evening, before going to bed.
Spruce Decoction Recipe
As an alternative to spruce needle tea, spruce cones/buds decoction is also very effective in alleviating bronchitis, urinary and genital infections, and diarrhea. In addition, spruce decoction also has powerful intestinal antiparasitic properties and can reduce bloating and gas.
- boil 2 tablespoons of dry and roughly cut spruce cones or buds, over low heat for 15 minutes in 2 cups of water, preferably in a stainless steel or enameled vessel.
- after done simmering, add some more water to make for the evaporated water.
- strain and sweeten with raw honey to taste.
Spruce needles and cones can be harvested in winter, while spruce buds can be harvested in spring. 🌲
You can drink 2 cups, 2 times a day for bronchitis, upset stomach, diarrhea, or urinary and genital infections. For intestinal parasites, you can drink one cup of spruce decoction in the evening, at bedtime, for three evenings in a row. For stomatitis, gingivitis, oral mycoses, and oral thrush you can gargle with spruce decoction in which you add a tsp of sodium bicarbonate.
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