Surviving or thriving? How to find natural sources for vitamin C
The big deal:
In 1534, when the French explorer Jacques Cartier lost many of his crew to scurvy before they landed at the Saint Lawrence River. Native Americans saved the survivors with a vitamin C tea made from Pine needles.
1753, James Lind showed how to prevent and cure clinical scurvy with citrus fruits, which contain vitamin C. Unfortunately, 100,000 British Navy sailors died of scurvy until all the old “experts” had expired and were replaced by new-thinkers. It even took the British merchant marine 118 years to figure this out. New ideas, even lifesaving ones are typically ignored by the experts even though proven correct.
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for vitamin C
RDA means Ridiculously Deficient Amounts! For a healthy adult male there is an RDA of 95mg of vitamin C. But an RDA of 95 mg vitamin C is insanely low. Mammals that produce their own vitamin C and weigh about 150lbs (close to human weight) produce up to 14,000 mg per day! If under stress or sick they produce much more.
Oranges have about 70mg, lemons about 50mg and limes about 30mg of vitamin C.
Fir needle and pine needles to the rescue!
Fir and pine needle tea has long been a favorite of traditional folk and indigenous peoples – both for its refreshing flavor, vitalizing electrolytes and also for medicinal value.
Made correctly, fir and pine needle tea contains up to 4-5 times the Vitamin C of one lemon while being high in Vitamin A content. As an expectorant/decongestant this tea thins mucus secretions It also makes an excellent antiseptic wash when cooled.
So, not only can it taste good, but it’s good for you! Every variety of fir, pine and even spruce has its own distinct flavor to impart. Experiment with them all to see which needles you like best. Mix and match if you are really adventurous!
Step-by-step Instructions for making fir or pine needle tea:
- Collect a small bundle of green needles, (the younger the better). A small handful will be plenty.
- Remove any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at the base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)
- Chop the needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.
- Heat about a cup of water to just before boiling.
- Pour the hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped needles.
- Cover and steep for 10 minutes or more.
- Strain and enjoy your delicious tea!
Sun tea made from fir or pine needle:
Add 2 handfuls of tips in a quart jar and cover with room temperature water. Place in sunshine for 3-8 hours. Strain and drink straight, or mix with lemon or lime juice and sweetener.
Other super vitamin C sources:
Dandelion – Eat the washed raw leaves in salads, or drink dandelion coffee. Ideal for alcohol damaged livers, as it replenishes the liver with vitamin A – which alcohol depletes at a rapid rate. Dandelion also contains vitamins BI, B2, and C. The leaves are rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and copper, as well as sodium. Dandelion tea contains choline, which breaks down fat in foods, making it ideal for people who don’t want to starve while on a diet! When the dandelion is in full bloom, the sap from the stem can be applied onto warts daily day for about one week to remove them without chemicals.
Fermented cabbage (Sauerkraut) is an excellent winter source of vitamin C as well as a superior cancer-fighter and colon-healer. Sauerkraut is also an excellent mood enhancer. Crush cabbage with a wooden utensil while adding salt liberally (about 2tbs for medium head). Place in jar and cover contents with water. Rubber band a coffee filter over the mouth and store in a cool (not cold) dark place for one week or more depending on taste