How to Juice Pine Needles

By Julianne Ross

Pine needles, bark and sap are excellent sources of vitamins A and C. For centuries people have chewed pine needles to prevent scurvy and other vitamin-deficiency related diseases. Chewing is the most efficient way to ingest the juice, but not everyone has a tree in their yard and can just reach up to pull some fresh needles. Pine needles can not be juiced efficiently like wheat-grass juice. The best option to extract the beneficial juice is to make a tea out of them.

Step 1

Bring about a quart of water to a boil in a cooking pot.

Step 2

Crush and chop the pine needles and place them in the pot.

Step 3

Set the pot to the side and steep for at least twenty minutes. Don't simmer the tea. The longer it boils, the less vitamin C it will have.

Step 4

Strain the needles from the tea, sweeten or spice, and drink immediately.