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Mi'kmaq (Micmac) Medicines, Foods and Teas*
contributed by Laurie Lacey.

Labrador Tea(Ledum groenlandicum, Oeder)

The leaves of this plant were used as a tea by the Mikmaq. It was known as a general tonic tea and often used in the spring of the year (spring tonic). As well, they used the tea for a variety of kidney ailments, including kidney stones. It was also used in kinnickinnick mixtures in some areas of North America. [Photograph adapted from Peterson: 1977]

*The author is not responsible for the use of medicinal remedies mentioned above.
The information is given for cultural purposes only.

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