Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum) 2016 Late Fall

Labrador Tea has a long history of traditional use with First Nations all across Canada as an alterative, tonic expectorant, detox tisane, bowel regulator, anti-inflammatory and blood sugar balancing properties. It has been sipped for centuries by First Nations in amounts of 2 to 3 cups a day as a tonic 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 vinaigrette. Infuse yourself in the tradition.

PRECAUTIONS: Use in moderation or avoid during pregnancy.

Foraged by Namasthé Wildcrafters

  • 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.

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