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Latin Name: pinus strobus, pinus alba, pinus spp.
Alternative Name: oil of turpentine tree
Forms Available: essential oil, needle, twig, knot of wood
Pine – pinus spp. – Sacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Irish. Dry distillation of Scotch Pine -Pinus sylvestris- needles, twigs, and cones gives the best quality pine oil for perfumes and for expectorants in inhalations for bronchitis and colds. The root tar is included in some hair growth stimulation products.
The needles and young twigs of the white pine -Pinus strobus, Pinus alba- are made into infusions fo coughs and as an antiscorbutic; use two teaspoons per cup of water and simmer for twenty minutes. Hight in vitamin C, they helped our ancestors get through the long winters. The knot of the wood is boiled with angelica, acathopanax, quince, and mulberry branches to make a bath for arthritis and rheumatism. Pine needles are simmered into massage oils. The oil is used externally to relieve rheumatic pain, chronic bronchitis, sciatica, pneumonia, and nephritis. Simply cover the needles with a good quality olive oil and simmer at low heat for twenty minutes, or place in a low. 180Â°, oven overnight. The resin heals the kidneys, liver and lungs. The scent is calming to the lungs and nerves.
Aromatherapy & Health Uses: Scotch Pine – Cuts; Lice; Excessive Perspiration; Scabies; Sores; Arthritis; Gout; Muscular aches and pains; Neuralgia; Poor Circulation. Key Qualities: Strengthening; Cleansing; Restorative; Reviving; Refreshing; Stimulant; Soothing.
Other Uses: Pine is the “tree of peace” of the Native American iroquois confederace. Burn pine to purify the home and decorate with its branches to bring healing and joy. Burn as incense for, money, purification, healing and exorcism.
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