Labrador Tea or Ledum Groenlandicum is a plant that grows in the Pacific North West and has been used by the Native American’s for hundreds of years. It also grows in Europe, Greenland, Canada, near spruce trees… and you normally see Ledum poking out of the snow early in the spring.
Parts Used - The leaves of the plant are made into a tea or an essential oil that is very powerful for healing.
Powerful Antioxidant - Ledum is a powerful antioxidant that has very good healing qualities including helping with cardiovascular disease, strokes, and even cancer.
Anti-Cancer - Ledum Tea is well known for stopping the progression of tumours growth and for curing cancer in general. Ledum is especially good for treating lung and colon cancer.
Anti-Inflammatory - Ledum is a powerful anti-inflammatory thus making it great for arthritis and joint disease. It also works well for inflammation in the body by releasing nitric oxide.
Liver Disease - Ledum has been used for treating fatty liver disease and for protecting the liver from problems such as hepatitis.
Detoxing - Ledum is well known for detoxing the whole body and especially the liver.
Antimicrobial - Ledum is a good antibacterial and antiviral agent… thus it is able to keep away colds, flues, and other infections.
Skin Problems - Infusions of Ledum topically help with rashes, burns, dry skin, poison ivy, and inflammation of the skin in general.
GI Tract - As a mild tea Ledum is very soothing to the GI tract and helps get rid of indigestion and stomachaches.
Coughs and Colds - Ledum works great for getting rid of mucus and for calming down coughs due to colds and flues. Plus it helps open up airways and works well for asthma too.
Vitamin C - In the past Labrador Tea was used for treating scurry because it’s full of Vitamin C.
Restorative - Ledum has a caffeine like effect in some people.
Narcotic Effect - In some people there is a slight narcotic effect caused by Ledum.
Where it Grows - Ledum loves boddy marshy areas that are wet all the time… and it’s usually found in wooded areas covered with spruce trees.
Taste - Ledum was used in the US when tea taxes were high as a substitute for regular tea… it has a jasmine with a hint of honey taste that tastes pretty good.
Collecting - Collect the leaves in the spring, and dry them for later use, do not collect the flowers they are toxic. There are some other types of plants that look like Ledum so go picking with someone who has collected Ledum before… or order it on-line to make sure you’re getting the right herb.
Making Tea - Use a teaspoon of dried leaves in a cup with boiling water, let steep for 10 minutes and you are ready to have a great cup of tea. Many native people add other herbs to the tea such as anise, licorice, or ginger for a milder flavour.
Dose - Take one cup of mild Ledum Tea once a day for 5 to 7 days - then don’t take it for 7 days, and then you can go back to taking the tea for another 5 to 7 days.
Side Effects - Ledum does not seem to have any side effects if taken in small doses as a mild tea. but it should not be used for treating animals.
Finding - You can collect your own leaves or you can order it on-line just google “Buy Labrador Tea”.
This article is meant to get you started… so you can do more research on your own… dig a little deeper and find what works for you. This article is for educational purposes only, I strongly recommend that you seek advice from your own GP, private doctor, or medical specialist for any ailment, illness, or medical condition.. this article not meant to be a scientific analysis in any way, shape, or form.
Dr. Paul Haider - Master Herbalist and Spiritual Teacher for over 20 years, helping people to recover and feel healthy. You can also find Dr. Haider on FB under Dr. Paul Haider, Healing Herbs, and at www.paulhaider.com - feel free to contact him any time.
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