What Are The Benefits Of Pine Needle Tea?

Have you ever wondered about the benefits of pine needle tea? Pine needle tea has been prized for years due to its many health benefits that may surprise you.

Benefits Of Pine Needle Tea
Pine needle tea contains high levels of Vitamin C that helps fight illnesses and infections

Loaded with health benefits and smells like Christmas, pine needles are available during winter when there is no other greenery to be found.

Winter causes more issues with depression in the form of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), and many people can’t eat many fruits and vegetables due to the high cost or lack of access. One cup of pine needle tea a day during this season can lift the mood, in addition to the many nutrients that it provides. 

Pine needle tea contains high levels of Vitamin C, an immune system booster that helps fight illnesses and infections. It can also relieve some conditions such as heart disease, varicose veins, skin complaints, and fatigue. 

Benefits Of Pine Needle Tea

Drinking one cup of pine needle tea can improve your physical and mental wellbeing. Pine needle tea is suitable for:

  • Boosting the immune system
  • Decreasing the risk of chronic diseases
  • Giving clarity and mental clearness
  • Improving the eyesight
  • Preventing respiratory infections
  • Stimulating blood circulation
  • Strengthening heart health

So, if you want to load up these health benefits for yourself, make sure to switch from your regular tea to pine needle tea. 

How To Choose Pine Needles For Tea

close up of a pine needle tree
Conduct research about pine trees thoroughly because there are around 20 known toxic varieties of them

There are more than a hundred varieties of pine trees in North America alone, but some types may contain toxins. There are around 20 known toxic varieties of pine trees, so make sure to research thoroughly about them.

Some of the most common poisonous varieties of pine trees include ponderosa pine, balsam fir, lodgepole, and Monterey pines. 

Pine needle tea is usually made with the fresh leaves of a pine tree. It has a delightful citrusy flavor with a woodsy fragrance. If you’re looking for a quick brew, you can find pre-packed pine tree needles in your local stores. 

Health Benefits Of Pine Needle Tea

Drinking pine needle tea comes with several health benefits, including:

Boosts The Immune System

Pine needle tea contains lots of Vitamin C, which helps boost your immune system to function at its best in fighting infection and enfeebling diseases like cancer.

Even though there is no specific research to support this claim, pine needle tea is believed to contain from four to five times more Vitamin C than orange juice. It is traditionally used to remedy scurvy due to Vitamin C deficiency. 

Improves Eyesight

Pine needle tea is also a rich source of Vitamin A, which can improve your eyesight. It also helps build your body’s defense system and is essential for bone health. 

Additionally, Vitamin A is also used to treat acne. Having enough Vitamins A and C results in healthier hair growth and stronger nails.

Offers A Sense Of Wellbeing

As mentioned earlier, pine needle tea contains lots of Vitamin C, which supports brain health. Study shows that people who drink pine needle tea feel an elevated mood and reduced stress. 

If you don’t have access to fresh pines, aromatherapists suggest placing a few drops of evergreen oil on a tissue or your pillow and start inhaling slowly.

Rich In Antioxidants

Again, Vitamin C comes into play – it helps combat oxidative stress and neutralizes free radicals. Free radicals can change DNA, which leads to diseases like cancer, heart disease, and painful arthritis. 

There is also a study showing that pine needle tea can help to slow the aging process. Aging can be accelerated by free radical damage. 

Vitamin C is an essential daily nutrient that helps repair damaged tissues in every part of the body. It repairs collagen, ligaments, blood vessels and helps your body absorb iron from plant-based foods. A water extract from pine needles showed high antioxidants and DNA-protective properties.

Strengthens Heart Health

Drinking pine needle tea can be good for the heart. Studies show that it can protect against LDL oxidation (a condition that threatens your cardiovascular health).

It also has strong anti-inflammatory properties that help minimize damage to your heart because of pollutants or other specific factors.

Pine Needle Tea Side Effects

a cup of pine needle tea
Some side effects of drinking pine needle tea are vomiting, nausea, dizziness, headaches, and diarrhea

If you are to gather some pine needles for your tea, do so with an expert. According to research conducted by USDA Agricultural Research Service, the needles coming from ponderosa pine can cause miscarriage when grazed by cattle. 

There are not too many studies or reports about the side effects that come from drinking pine needle tea, but some side effects include:

  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea

It is best to be on the side of caution and avoid pine needle tea during pregnancy or breastfeeding.

People with allergies should also be aware of any potential reactions to pine. Pine oil released when brewing pine needle tea may have inflammatory effects on the skin and stomach. You only try about half a cup when you start drinking pine needle tea to be on the safe side.


  • Danico Dacillo became a fan of coffee when he was in college 'cause it helps him stay awake. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, but now working as a content writer. His passion for writing started when he was still in grade school -- as a sports news writer.