Pine is not only a beautiful tree. Pine is a wonderful natural doctor. Its needles were included in compresses and poultices 5,000 years ago. In ancient Egypt, pine resin was included in embalming compounds.
It has been proven that these compounds still (after 3000 years) have not lost their bactericidal properties. In Greece and Rome, pine was used to treat colds.
The needles can be harvested at any time of the year, but best of all in late autumn and winter, when it contains the greatest amount of ascorbic acid and essential oil.
For therapeutic purposes, unopened spring pine buds, pine needles, and resin are used. They contain essential oil, resins, starch, tannins, vitamins C, B, K, P, carotene.
Pine buds contain a large amount of resin, essential oil, tannins, mineral salts, vitamins C and K. They have a diuretic, hemostatic, anti-inflammatory, disinfectant effect. Preparations from pine needles have expectorant, antimicrobial, disinfectant, diuretic, anti-scurvy, analgesic properties.
Pine extract is obtained from the needles, which are used for strengthening baths.
Dried pollen from flowering yellow pine cones, taken 1 g 2-3 times a day before meals, protects the body from premature aging and lengthens a person’s life.