This month I wanted to write about pine trees and needles. You might be thinking “what on earth is he going to say about boring old pine trees?” Besides creating clean oxygen, timber and mulch pine trees produce much, much more resources that we often neglect to think about. After reading my blog post you may never look at a pine tree stand (acreage with planted pine trees) the same way again…
Have you ever chewed a needle from a young pine tree? It tastes like lemon. Where I live people believe pine needles relieve their heartburn and some even say it satisfies thirst and hunger. I’ve heard pine needles can also prevent colds, flu and cure dry cough when chewed thoroughly and by swallowing the juice. I happen to love the scent of pine cleaners used to clean my home.
Those are just a few things about pine needle uses besides just using the dropped needles as pine straw to make my garden look great. I did some further research to find the truth, and more uses of pine needles – below are some links to what I found.
Disclaimer: This blog post is for interest and information only. While most pine tree needles are safe for consumption we recommend that you conduct your own research and take caution before consumption of anything new. Additionally; there are three known pine trees and their needles to always avoid: Yew, Norfolk Island and Ponderosa pines are all poisonous to people. I also found a warning for women who are pregnant or could become pregnant are not advised to drink pine needle tea.
- Green pine needles contain 5 times the amount of Vitamin C found in a lemon. – iSurvivalSkills.blogspot.com
- Pine needles are a traditional medicine that was used in the treatment of about 80% of human diseases. LocalHarvest.org
- Scandinavians used pine branches in saunas and many cultures stuffed mattresses with pine needles to repel lice, fleas and other insects. AwakeningBlog.com
- According to AwakeningBlog.com pine needles exhibit strong antioxidant, antimutagenic and antiproliferative effects on cancer cells and antitumor effects in vivo and point to their potential usefulness in cancer prevention.
- Some Indian tribes would peel young pine shoots and eat them as a vegetable while colonists would make a candy from the shoots. – iSurvivalSkills.blogspot.com
- Pine needle tea and cambium (inner bark layer) helped cure scurvy and helped the early settlers survive the first winter in America.
- Pine needle tea is high in both Vitamin A & C. – DavesGarden.com and iSurvivalSkills.blogspot.com
- Pine may help lethargy and exhaustion. – Therapeuticalteas.blogspot.com
- Also according to Therapeuticalteas.blogspot.com pine needle tea is used for coughs and acute bronchitis. It is also a diuretic.
- Pine needles are an anti-inflammatory; soaking in a pine needle bath may help gout, rheumatism, sprains and strains. Therapeuticalteas.blogspot.com and LocalHarvest.org
- White pine needles are relief for: heart disease, heart ailments, varicose veins, muscle fatigue , sclerosis, kidney ailments, eye related ailments that concern connective muscles in the eye, gangrene and promotes strengthening of nerves in eye according to LocalHarvest.org
Those are just a few of my findings. This topic was so fun and interesting I may create a Part II.