Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum )
All our herbs come from certified organic sources or trusted wildcrafters. ENGLISH COMMON NAME: Standard: Labrador Leaf Tea Also known as; bog Labrador tea, bog tea LATIN NAME: Rhododendron groenlandicum (formerly Ledum groenlandicum or Ledum latifolium)Family: Ericaceae PART(S) USED: Leaves OVERVIEW: Labrador tea has been a favorite beverage among Athabaskan, First Nations, and Inuit people. The Athabaskans brew the leaves as a beverage. Others use Labrador tea to spice meat by boiling the leaves and branches in water and then soaking the meat in the decoction. The Pomo, Kashaya, Tolowa and Yurok of Northern California boiled the leaves of Western Labrador Tea similarly, to make a medicinal herbal tea, to help with coughs and colds. PREPARATIONS: Keep dry. Store in an airtight container in a dry cupboard away from light. Will keep for many years. Can be brewed as a tea. Do not over-steep. PRECAUTIONS & CONTRAINDICATIONS: Avoid during pregnancy, by children under six years of age, and by epileptics. There is no sufficient data that demonstrates Labrador tea is safe to consume, as toxicity varies across species and localities. Excessive consumption is not recommended due to diuresis, vomiting, dizziness, and drowsiness. Large doses can lead to cramps, convulsions, paralysis, and, in rare cases, death. Grayanotoxins are also present, but few lethal human cases of poisoning due to grayanotoxins in Labrador tea have been documented. However, lethal poisonings have been documented in livestock. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using any herbal products, especially if you are pregnant, nursing, have allergies, or are on any medications. Although most herbs are generally safe, it is recommended that you avoid self-prescribing especially when there is an underlying ongoing medical condition. This information is for educational purposes only, has not been evaluated by Health Canada, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.