How can Pine be used medicinally?

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IMG_1042As we come to the shortest days of the year I thought I would have a look at Pines to see how we can work with these evergreen plants to keep us in good health.

Some evergreens e.g. Yew and some Pines are poisonous so ensure you have correctly identified your tree first.

Earlier in the year I made some Pine needle vinegar, with a blend of different young needles from pines such as Scot’s Pine at the farm. As they are evergreen I am going to make some this week to contrast them. The pine vinegar tasted delicious and is an easy way to get more vitamins and minerals in your diet by adding to salads, soups etc. Remember when making vinegars to use pasteurised vinegar – see here for why! solarripe.eu/2015/10/why-my-herbal-vinegar-went-mouldy

Pine needles are a good source of Vitamin C and you can put them in a cup and add hot water to make a pine needle brew. You can also make oils from them to use in massage.

Herbalist Mrs Grieve says of Pine’s medicinal properties that it is a ‘valuable remedy in bladder, kidney, and rheumatic affections and diseases of the mucous membrane and respiratory complaints’.

To find out more about these amazing trees come along to the free herb study group at ACE, 17 West Montgomery Place, Edinburgh this Thursday, 26th November 2015, 8-10pm. autonomous.org.uk/find-ace

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