It is the holiday season smell. The scent that draws you back into childhood tradition. The early morning dew drops form perfect glass balls on the ends of its fascicles. It is one of the only plants that are decorated annually to celebrate a national holiday. January, and the first of a new year, is a time for rebirth. Bringing forth anew is a theme all to familiar for this time of year. For the month of January, it seems only fitting to feature this amazing herb: pine (Pinus). This herb is an amazing addition to any apothecary. Let’s learn more about the amazing herb pine tree.
Introduction to Pine Tree
Pine, known by its scientific name Pinus, also known as Scots Pine, is native to north and west Asia as well as intermountain regions of Europe. As you can guess by the mountainous regions, the pine trees habitat is intense with severe cold temperatures and climates. Due to this climate, the harvesting usually occurs throughout the summer time months.
This coniferous tree stands majestically at a tall 100ft and produces beautiful oval cones in the winter season.
The Scots Pine is a versatile herb because almost all parts of this plant’s parts a used when cultivating. The leaves, seeds, branches, stems and of course its essential oil is beneficial for many remedies and recipes. In ancient days, pine oil was used for disinfectants and the distilled resin actually results in turpentine.
Medicinal Uses and Benefits
Here is a brief list of medicinal uses that you can make from your pine tree or pine needles!
- Mild antiseptic (when taken internally)
- relieve arthritis
- relieves asthma and/or bronchitis (when in essential oil form)
- Relieves digestive symptoms
If you haven’t tried out this beautiful herb pine, start exploring today! Perhaps start by living up a room with it’s essential oil, or even create a DIY organic disinfectant for cleaning.
Check out November’s featured herb here if you missed it!