Labrador Tea (Rhodendron)

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  1.   1.  Types
    1.   1.1  Bog Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)
    2.   1.2  Northern Labrador Tea (Rhododendron tomentosum)
  2.   2.  Obtaining
  3.   3.  Use
    1.   3.1  Medicinal
    2.   3.2  Labrador Tea
  4.   4.  More
  5.   5.  'Souls
Common Name Labrador Tea
Latin Name Rhodendron (genus)
Icon(s) Flower (general icon)
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1.  Types

1.1  Bog Labrador Tea (Rhododendron groenlandicum)

It is a low shrub growing to 50 cm (rarely up to 2 m) tall with evergreen leaves longer and broader than its cousin species. The leaves are wrinkled on top, densely hairy white to red-brown underneath, and have a leathery texture, curling at the edges. The clustered, tiny white flowers are very fragrant and sticky and highly attractive to bees.

1.2  Northern Labrador Tea (Rhododendron tomentosum)

It is a low shrub growing to 50 cm (rarely up to 120 cm) tall with evergreen leaves 12-50 mm long and 2-12 mm broad. The flowers are small, with a five-lobed white corolla, with a strong scent. It grows in peaty soils, shrubby areas, moss and lichen tundra.

2.  Obtaining

Extremely Common (wild growth):

Packs:

3.  Use

  • As flavoring in distilled spirits, beer.
  • Repellent: Due to its strong fragrance, it has also formerly been used as a natural anti-moth.

3.1  Medicinal

Toxicity

Labrador tea contains a poisonous substance that can cause cramps and paralysis. The mere smell of the plant may cause headache to some. Labrador tea has narcotic properties; excessive consumption of the plant may cause delirium or poisoning. Toxic essential oils cause symptoms of intoxication, such as slow pulse, lowering of blood pressure, lack of coordination, convulsions, paralysis, and death.

3.2  Labrador Tea

  • It is safe as a weak tea, but should not be made too strong.
  • The leaves can be brewed as a beverage.
  • Raw leaves can be chewed for flavor; its strong taste may be acquired.
  • Others use Labrador tea to spice meat, especially wild game, by boiling the leaves and branches in water and then soaking the meat in the decoction.

4.  More

5.  'Souls

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