During the Christmas blizzard, I was snowed in at my family’s house. As I ventured out to shovel snow, I got an unusual request from my mother. She wanted me to snip off a few white pine tips that formed our windbreak for an herbal tea. She wanted something to help prevent getting a cold during winter and thought the tea would help.

Shane Bugeja is the agriculture, food and natural resources extension educator for Blue Earth and Le Sueur counties.

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