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    This is a pretty popular tea out here with the Natives.


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    My friends in southeast Alaska call this "swamp tea". In south Central Alaska here where I live, I grew up calling it "Hudson bay tea" or "Labrador tea". The people of southeast Alaska use it for respiritory problems such as colds. I also enjoy the flavor of it as well. You are right, it is pleasingly aromatic and tastes great as well.

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    Makes a good seasoning, as well. Similar to Rosemary. Mixed with blueberries and a dash of sugar, makes an excellent sauce for meat.

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    I have always called it Labrador tea. Usually I just pick and brew the leaves especially if I find some plants with bgger leaves..
    It is a pretty good tea for sure.
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    Definitely gonna have to give this a try this year for sure. Might be something good to put in the jetboil on a cold day

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    We love this stuff. Of the herbs/plants we most regularly pick (loveage, fireweed tips, wormwood, fiddleheads, and Labrador tea) this is our favorite.

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    Good Stuff! Gonna have to try it! Thank you for posting.

    Interestingly... found this on wiki.


    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labrador_tea

    Toxicology


    Labrador tea has narcotic properties. Evidence suggests that excessive consumption of the plant may cause delirium or poisoning. Toxic terpenes of the essential oils cause symptoms of intoxication, such as slow pulse, lowering of blood pressure, lack of coordination, convulsions, paralysis, and death. It is apparently safe as a weak herbal tea, but should not be made too strong.






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    I wonder how strong is too strong?

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    Don't see any reference to it being poisonous here (but a lot of other medicinal uses):

    http://www.fs.fed.us/global/iitf/pdf...s&id=424d40580

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    We've been drinking it STRONG for nearly 40 years. It makes a dandy tea, but I have heard it is a mild diuretic.

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    I have never noticed any side effects at all I know if I drink lipton or any tea like that I cant get to sleep that night.

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