We buy a tree then just throw it away, don’t we? Have you stopped to think that what you have isn’t just a tree? It’s actually a medicine chest in your front room.
Pine, Spruce and Fir trees are powerful natural medicines that are beneficial to our overall health. Our ancestors used them in healing ceremonies and their knowledge made them a staple to indigenous cultures from the steppes of Siberia to the forests of North America.
When you think of pine trees, what enters your mind first? It’s significance holds peace, long life, wisdom and harmony with the earth. Is that the perfect balance?
Here are three simple ways that pine can be used:
Sacred Pine Needle Tea
1. Bring water to the boil
2. De-stem and remove the brown papery sheaths at the base of the needles
3. Chop needles into half inch pieces to help release the essence
4. Place 1 tablespoon of chopped needles into a mug, pour boiling water on top and steep 5-10 mins
5. Squeeze lemon into the tea for flavour or use as a garnish
Benefits: Pine Needles are loaded with Vitamin C along with Vitamins A, E and B and have antimutagenic, antioxidant and antiproliferative properties which can help to prevent the accumulation of cancer cells.
Use as an Oil
Pine Oil has an uplifting and a fresh smell that can help alleviate headaches, pain and boost your mood. It works when the aroma reaches your olfactory system and this alters the chemicals in your brain. Diffusing the oil is the best way to let the aroma circulate the rooms of your house leading to a beautiful fresh smell which may help to ease any congestion and help breathing. Try a few drops in your bath for a rejuvenating experience.
Use the nuts
Have you ever heard of using pine nuts in your salad? Inside the pine cone are small fruits that can be used as a snack which can help to boost your energy, reduce the risk of heart disease and improve vision.
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