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Plants of New Brunswick: Labrador Tea

by Community Forests International on January 23, 2013

Labrador Tea Rhododendron groenlandicum Sym. Ledum groenlandicum

A native wetland shrub growing in enclosed marshes and wetlands in the Acadian Forest. This ‘tea’ was used by Native Americas as a diuretic, bad breath, diarrhea, infections, headaches and migraines. It was also used by early European settlers as a  black tea alternative. One should take care in identifying this in the wild, as similar plant species are toxic. Only small doses of this tea should be taken, as the Labrador Tea can be toxic in high doses. Not to be confused with bog laurel (Kalmia microphylla).

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