Botanical Name: Ledum groenlandicum
Labrador tea was a popular beverage during the American Revolution, when British teas were boycotted. A fragrant and soothing tea is made from the leaves. The spicy leaves make a very palatable and refreshing tea. The North American Indians would often flavor this tea with the roots of licorice fern, Polypodium glycyrrhiza. When lemon is added it can be used as iced tea. The leaves were once added to beer in order to make it heady. The leaves are used as a flavoring, they are a bay leaf substitute. Ground ledum is a tasty meat spice; add to marinades for a spicy flavor.