Scots Pine - Effective Herb for Many Health Problems
Pinus sylvestris Pinaceae
Native to the mountainous regions of Europe and north and west Asia, Scots pine can reach a height !f 30m or more. In the Highlands, the trees were once used as dramatic lIIarkers for the burial places of !/larriors, heroes and chiiftains. Druids used to light large bonfires of Scots pine at the winter solstice to celebrate the passing of the seasons and to draw back the sun.
Scots pine buds contain an essential oil rich in pinene, limonene and resin. Pine needle oil is distilled from the fresh needles and branch tips.The needles also contain flavonoids and a small amount of vitamin C., Scots pine resin is rich in terpenes, which give it its aroma.
Pine has long been recognised as a powerful bronchial disinfectant.According to Egyptian papyruses physicians treating the pharaohs used to prescribe pine resin for pneumonia and lung problems to a lit has a soothing effect on mucous membranes making it a good inhalant for respiratory problems.
Scots pine has antiseptic, diuretic amI antirneumatic properties. It exerts a decongestant effect on the upper respiratory tract and isprescribed for chronic (long-term) bronchitis, coughs and laryngitis.Its powerful antiseptic action helps to eliminate respiratory and urinary tract infections. Finnish studies performed in 2000 found Scots pine to be effective against several species of bacteria as well as Candida albicans, the fungus responsible for causing thrush.Externally, turpentine oil rubbed into the skin stimulates circulation in the peripheral blood vessels, which helps to remove toxins and supply vital nutrients to the cells.
Pine needle oil is used in vapour rubs that are recommended as a supplementary treatment for colds and chills. Drops of the essential oil added to boiling water make a refreshing decongesting steam vapour for blocked nose or sinuses
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT bronchitis, coughs INFUSION Put 20g of buds into 1 litre of boiling water. Infuse for 10 minutes and strain. Drink 4-5 cups a day.
For external use
TO TREAT laryngitis
TO TREAT rheumatic pains OINTMENTS, LINIMENTS Apply several times a day as directed. ESSENTIAL OIL Dilute, allowing 3 drops of essential oil to 10ml of carrier oil. and massage into affected areas.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSIST CONSULT A DOCTOR
The Scots pine grows very tall and can quickly dominate a small garden. It likes any well-drained soil and prefers a sunny location.
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