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eastern hemlock needle tea

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:52 am
by sylvanicdawn
Just curious about something: I've read somewhere that people have made tea from hemlock twigs. It's something I've never done, and would like to try, since there are still some tsuga trees alive in my area. But what if, for example, I was in a park where hemlock trees had been chemically treated? Would traces of the chemical in the tree render the bark of the twigs absolutely unsafe for making a hemlock tea, or would it be OK to still use them?

Re: eastern hemlock needle tea

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2013 5:21 pm
by Will Blozan
I think regardless of chemical traces the tea would be nasty. Carolina might be pretty good with the tangerine essence. With chemical traces any lice, fleas, ticks would have a rough time... but wouldn't harm you unless allergic. I'd steer clear if you suspect they have been treated.