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RE: Robert Muckey's Question on Native Teas

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Robert Muckey wrote:

Tea Imformation

I am an avide reader of the people seris of the prehistorical american natives and there are teas mentioned in the books that I would like information.
While reading the books there are mentioned teas made from pine needles, wild fruits, mints and others.
Where there teas like that the indians drank or are the teas mentioned are just a thing of fiction.
Thank you inadvance;

Robert Muckey Palmyra, NY.

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That's a good series, isn't it? I've read a couple ... more is on my Wishlist!

Firstly, I think authors are careful about writing factual things like that as you never know who will try them.

And yes, teas can be made with all those things, but I'd suggest doing a little research first on the exact plant/tree needed. AND what it's for ... don't want a diuretic if ya don't need it.

For example, pine needles. It's not any ol' pine, but the White Pine.

Enjoy! :)

(grew up in Frankfort, loved visiting the Finger Lakes and Montour Falls!)

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Just read the reply and would like to find online sites to do the research. Any ideas?

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RE: Wild Edibles

A good place to start Robert!

A field guide book is invaluable as plant characteristics can be confusing.

Both of the below items also have a section on poisonous look-alikes, and I use the Peterson one:

http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/peterson/plants.cfm

http://www.learningherbs.com/pine_needle_tea.html

And I like this one for WHEN to harvest as some plants are picked only is Spring, others in Autumn:

http://plant-species.suite101.com/article.cfm/harvest_wild_plants_for_tea

Dandelion, mints, sumac ... all are good.

Here's a good site for what plant to use for specific health concerns, and note on top of the page the categories for Chart of Herbs, Herbal Remedies, and Health Conditions:

http://www.anniesremedy.com/remedy_use20.php

For Iroquois historical reference, I'll bet you'll be interested in this:

http://books.google.com/books?id=-iMdoYFNbXYC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Iroquois+remed&source=bl&ots=_uFn4tglMo&sig=jmMLgEVCTdWu64QSxrqX9Zd94Wg&hl=en&ei=du7FS9OGD4O0lQfSh-iADA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CAYQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false

That'll get you started!! :)


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