You may have heard of this tea as a remedy for coughs and sore throat, but what IS Labrador tea, and where does it come from?
An extra-large-leafed herb, SquirrelDuck's Labrador tea is wild-picked in Northern Quebec. Also known as "bog tea",
"St. James's Tea", or "Thé Velouté", Labrador tea is said to be a traditional drink of the peoples of that region, including the Inuit.
Labrador is a part of the Rhododendron family. It's actually a shrub, with pretty white flowers. Interestingly, this shrub can generally survive fire as the rhizomes are found deep in the organic layer and it is often found in areas too wet to burn. It is one of the first plants to re-colonize after fire and grows rapidly.
It's known as an aid for:
- Sore throat
- Lung infections
- Chest ailments
- Kidney problems
- Joint and Muscle pain
- Skin issues, when applied directly
Pregnant or nursing women should avoid this tea.
When brewed, unlike most other teas, it has a very pale, almost clear appearance. The taste is reminiscent of pine and citrus and has a sweet, lingering aftertaste.
You won't find Labrador tea everywhere, but you can find it at SquirrelDuck! Try some today.