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Ledum groenlandicum Oeder.
The leaves of the plant make a pleasing tea when steeped in water.
The Native peoples of Atlantic Canada used the tea as a general tonic medicine in the spring of the year. The tea was also used to treat a variety of kidney related problems.
The Cree named this plant muskeko-pukwan, and used it to treat fevers, colds, and other conditions.
It is reported that the labrador tea contains a substance which may be poisonous if the tea is too strong, or ingested in large amounts. While I have yet to hear of anyone being poisoned by drinking labrador tea, one may take precaution by steeping the leaves rather than boiling them in water. This is the way I prepare the tea. Boiling the leaves too strongly may release the poisonous substance.
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