Labrador Tea has a long history of traditional use with Inuit, Métis and First Nations all across Canada as an alterative, tonic expectorant, detox tisane, bowel regulator, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar balancer. The Inuktitut name mamaituqutik of the Inuit of Canada, that have lived for millenia across the North from Siberia, Alaska all the way to Greenland then South as southernmost Inuit of Labrador. It has been sipped since time immemorial by our ancestors in amounts of 2 to 3 cups a day. As a tonic it is still a favorite black tea substitute. Northern Labrador tea, Rhododendron tomentosum occurs as a rare species in Scotland, parts of Europe and Russia including Germany “sumpfporst” where, in the 18th Century was added to ale brewing along with Sweet Gale in Beers & Gruits. Commonly known in Fennoscandia “skvattram” in Swedish; “finnmarkspors” in Norwegian; “suopursu” in Finnish as a medicinal plant in folk tradition. Linnaeus included it in his botanical writings and its long history of moderate use. It makes the best campfire tisane full of vitamin C, spice for rubs, broths, pot au feu and soups or wild vinaigrettes. Infuse yourself in the traditional wild brew for health.
PRECAUTIONS: Use in moderation or avoid during pregnancy.
Labrador is a beautiful woodsy aromatic botanicals with rosemary, camphor, swamp funk aroma exuding volatile oils when crushed or infused.Delicate, brothy, buttery, umami mouthfeel with soothing aromatic medicinal qualities and a fresh and sweet finish.
Foraged by Namasthé Wildcrafters in Whistler area, it is hand harvested seasonally and sustainably in a way that promotes more growth. The Fall harvest 2016 is of a wonderful burgundy with orange rust underside rich in matured volatile oils.
Infuse 1 tsp of freshly crushed leaves or 3-5 full leaves whole in 250 ml of boiled water at 100°C for 5 to 10 min. Re-steep leaves 1 to 2 times to extract all of the flavorful health benefits of this traditional native botanical.
Foraged Fall 2015 Labrador Tea from Whistler area, British Columbia.