The healing power of pine

The healing power of pine

Pine medicine

As we just completed another holiday season, many of us practiced an ancient tradition.  Millions of adults and children alike here in the States and around the world get into the holiday spirit by hauling a bushy evergreen tree into the living room, standing it up in a prominent location and decorating it with lights, miniature figurines, and spiritual symbols.

By Nick Polizzi of the Sacred Science

What we don’t often realize is that the pine, spruce and fir tree are powerful native medicines that hold many gifts for our mind, body, and spirit.

Our ancestors
relied on the pine tree for its medicine, ceremony, and sustenance – and many
tribes still depend on it today. The remarkable healing properties of these
resilient trees make them a staple to indigenous cultures from the Siberian
steppes to the forests of North America and beyond.

These evergreen
conifers hold much spiritual significance as well and can symbolize many things
including longevity, peace, wisdom, and harmony with nature. The Iroquois
burned pine to dispel nightmares and placate spirits. Other tribes burn the
wood of pine as incense, while still others use pine gum for protection against
negative energies.

How you can
use pine medicine:

There are approximately 115 different species of pine
worldwide—36 of which grow in North America. These evergreen and resinous
coniferous trees (in the family Pinus, and the genus Pinaceae)
are native to most of the Northern Hemisphere. But some pine species have
flourished in the Southern Hemisphere too – take the cypress or kauri pines in
Australia, for example.  Find out which types of pine grow near you, and
make sure they’re true pines. Provided that you’re not allergic, consider
connecting with its healing properties. We’ve listed a few suggestions below.

1. Use the pitch. The sticky delicious-smelling
sap has powerful antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. My O’odham friend
Dennis often uses this as quick wilderness first aid for cuts, slivers, and
burns. Try your hand at making your own healing salve below:

Pine Resin Healing Salve

Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup pine resin

  • ½ cup almond or olive oil

  • 1 oz. grated beeswax

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in a double-boiler. As oil begins to simmer,
    add pine resin, and continue heating until the resin melts. Stir
    occasionally.

  2. Option: Strain mixture through a cheesecloth.

  3. Return mixture to double-boiler over low heat, and slowly
    stir in beeswax until melted. Pour mixture into jars or tins, and store in
    cool place.

You can use this salve on aching joints and sore muscles,
shallow scrapes, and wounds, or on the chest for an aromatherapeutic agent.

2. Use the bark. In a survival situation, you
can actually eat the bark of a pine tree. But the easiest way to reap its
benefits is using pine bark extract, packed with powerful antioxidants,
including vitamin C. The extract has been shown to lower glucose levels,
improve diabetic symptoms, prevent hearing loss, restore balance, stave off
infections, protect the skin from harmful UV rays, restore circulation, improve
erectile dysfunction, reduce inflammation, even increase athletic
performance—and the list goes on.

3. Use the needles. Also loaded with vitamin
C—more than five times that of an orange—along with vitamins A, E, and a host
of B vitamins, the needles are a cherished part of the pine. Pine needles have
strong antimutagenic, antioxidant, and antiproliferative properties, which help
in preventing the growth of cancer cells. Try making your own tea with the
following recipe:

Sacred Pine Needle Tea

Ingredients:

  • ½ c. young pine needles (a small handful

  • 3 c. spring water

  • 1 slice of lemon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Bring water just to a boil.

  2. Destem and remove the brown papery sheaths at the
    base of the needles.

  3. Chop needles into ½-inch pieces, to help release
    essence.

  4. Place 1 Tbsp. of chopped needles into a mug, and pour
    boiling water over needles, and allow to steep for 5-10 minutes.

  5. Squeeze lemon into tea for flavor, or use as garnish.

4. Use the nuts. The “fruit” of these sacred
trees can be found in the scales or spines of the pinecone, and is known for
its own set of health benefits, including: appetite suppression, boosting
energy, reducing risk of heart disease, anti-aging, and improving vision. Use
in salads and other recipes, or simply enjoy as a snack.

5. Use the oil. Invigorating and cleansing, pine
essential oil can alleviate headaches, relieve pain, boost energy and mood,
treat acne and other skin conditions, act as a decongestant, and freshen a
room. Consider diffusing the oil in a room, or adding a few drops to a bath for
a rejuvenating and restorative experience.

The Christmas tree is a prime example of a wild medicine
that is hidden in plain sight. Revered by those who came before us, this noble
plant is a shining reminder that the forest holds many healing secrets that are
waiting to be told to those of us who are open to hearing them.

 

 

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.

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