Mshkiigabag. Rhododendron groenlandicum. (formerly Ledum groenlandicum).
Labrador Tea can be enjoyed as an everyday tonic. It is a beautiful, evergreen plant with a subtle, heart-warming fragrance. It’s been used medicinally as an immune tonic, to treat colds, flu and stomach aches, for diabetes and other kidney problems and for insomnia.
One of its most important qualities is how it helps the body deal with blood sugar levels. Labrador Tea can increase insulin sensitivity, helping to push glucose out of the blood and into the muscles to be used for energy. With the help of Labrador Tea, the body doesn’t require as much insulin. This ability to lower blood sugar levels is obviously good for diabetes. But it also makes Labrador Tea helpful in so many other ways. With less insulin in the blood, for instance, the immune system works that much better.
Labrador Tea has been used traditionally as an everyday tea, a constant in an herbal tea cupboard. It’s also been part of support for fasting and intermittent fasting.
To make a delicious tea, steep in hot water overnight, but do not boil. Enjoy warmed up or cold.