Jan 19, 2017

The Mighty Pine

I love Pine..I am fortunate to live in a state where there are so many... That's why we are called the Pine Tree state....I love how it looks... That it stays green year round...how beautiful it looks covered with snow...It is an amazing tree....I lost one of my huge pines this year...I felt like an old friend had died...
Pine is an very powerful medicinal tree... so my favorite salve is Pine Resin. 

It great for wounds, splinters, well just about everything!! 
It is highly antiseptic with an incredible drawing power...
infections, toxins, it immediately starts destroying bacteria.

So I make pine resin oil all summer....I go to a number of trees & take a bit from those whose sap is running ...I get about 1/3 of a jar of resin in my old pickle jar....
I always thank the tree after... 
You want to pick out any sticks or debris as much as possible...it can get messy....then cover the resin with olive oil & cover with cheesecloth ......I infuse it by solar so its sits on my window sill for about 6 weeks..I usually have 2 or 3 jars here & there...I also give it a good stir every few days...


 Strain it through cheesecloth & you have this jar of gold... 
Time to make the salve....

In a double boiler, 
I have an old enamel one I use just for my salves, 
melt 1 oz of organic beeswax 
8 oz of pine pitch oil 
then add 10 drops tea tree oil 
add a couple drops of Vit E oil to the jars & fill.
I add the lids & as it cools it seals up.
This makes 2 half pint jars so I usually double & triple the amount when I do them up.. 
One of the best parts is the beautiful fragrance when you open a jar in the mid winter...It is heavenly!

You can also make pine cleaner..
just add some pine branches in a jar 
& cover with vinegar & leave for a couple of  
weeks.... It smells wonderful & cleans great....

I also like Pine tea...I drink it 3-4 times a week during the winter...it is very high in Vit A & C....just cut the greenest part of the pine needle into a bowl...the usual recipe is 1 Tbsp to 1 cup but I use 2 : 1 ratio...I like my tea strong...Put the pine & water in a pan & bring to a boil. Then cover the pan & lower it to simmer for 6-7 mins. the needles will fall to the bottom of the pan. 

Strain into your favorite mug & add some honey to taste... Highly beneficial & really delicious...

If you have access to pines you won't be disappointed if you try any of these recipes....

"Who leaves the pine-tree, leaves his friend, 
Unnerves his strength, invites his end."
Ralph Waldo Emerson 



2 comments:

Méa Strauß said...

Wow, Linda, I did not know any of this! A wondertree... Tahnk you for sharing - and for being like this. So many people would see trees differently, if they would live like you.
Hugs to you from Europe, Méa

Jackie PNeal said...

Wow! thank you for sharing these recipes! I watched "Alone" last eve how one of the girls mixed pine sap with charcoal and burrs to make a glue- very interesting- thank you Mother Nature!

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