I'm in love with Labrador Tea! It's becoming an addictive thing; rain or sun I've been trekking out through the bogs collecting a ROOTS bag of leaves almost every day!!!
So what is it about this stuff??
For years - and I'm talking lifetime; I've known about Labrador Tea. I knew about the First Nations people here in Northwest B.C. using it for thousands of years, I knew about the explorers and the history of B.C. and envisioned all of the people who had passed through sitting around campfires brewing Labrador Tea and drinking it from little metal cups like something out of one of Clint Eastwood's "historical" movies.
I spent years in the woods - in forestry; slogging around, boots sinking down through the moss & lichen bogs. The Labrador Tea was always there, struggling up through layers of moss and lichen, hiding in the tiny stunted bog Pines and sporting delicate pink flowers mid-summer.
When Sherry and I began working together and looking for natural, botanical substitutes to replace the overseas botanicals typical to imported natural and organic skin care products, I hadn't yet grasped the effectiveness of Labrador Tea, and the amazing attributes it presents for skin care. It's really unbelievably incredible! ( The plants and botanicals section of the website talk about this so I won't rant on here.) This delicate, tough, furry little survivor does things that no other plant can do for your skin!
The big drawback is that it has a really low yield of essential oil when it's distilled!
Each day I sustainably harvest about 2 litres/ 2 quarts of leaves and distill them. I get roughly the size/width of one and a half nickels ( best comparative I could come up with). That's not much considering how much we actually need for the product run!
Fortunately the Labrador Tea that grows on Haida Gwaii has much bigger leaves, so the yield is a bit better and I'll have Dafne and her crew at North Pacific Kelp helping - no more aching back!!!
OMG!!! The rain just stopped!!! I'd better head out and grab this moment in the brighter shade of gray skies!! I'm counting the days to the HAIDA GWAII HARVEST!!!