Pine, a Thunder Healing FavoriteSacred to the Druids, the pine was known as one of the Seven Chieftain Trees of the Irish.
Dry distillation of Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris) needles, twigs, and cones gives the best quality pine oil for perfumes and for expectorants in inhalations for bronchitis and colds.
The root tar is included in some hair growth stimulation products.
The needles and young twigs of the white pine are made into infusions for coughs and as an antiscorbutic,
use two teaspoons per cup of water and simmer for twenty minutes.
High in vitamin C, they helped our ancestors get through the long winters.
The knot of the wood is boiled with angelica, acathopanax, quince, and mulberry branches to make a bath for arthritis and rheumatism.
Pine needles are simmered into massage oils.
The oil is used externally to relieve rheumatic pain, chronic bronchitis, sciatica, pneumonia, and nephritis.
Simply cover the needles with a good quality olive oil and simmer at low heat for twenty minutes, or place in a low (180°) oven overnight.
The resin heals the kidneys, liver and lungs.
The scent is calming to the lungs and nerves.
Parts Used: Needle, twig, and knot of the wood
Magical Uses Pine is the "tree of peace" of the Native American Iroquois confederacy.
Burn pine to purify the home and decorate with its branches to bring healing and joy.
Mix with equal parts of Juniper and Cedar; burn to purify the home and ritual area.
The cones and nuts can be carried as a fertility charm.
Placing pine needles in a loose-woven bag and running bathwater over this makes a good magical cleansing and stimulating bath.
To purify and sanctify an outdoor ritual area, brush the ground with a pine branch.
The oil is commonly added to purification, protection, money and healing mixtures.
Burn as incense for, money, purification, healing and exorcism.
Aromatherapy Use: (Scotch Pine) Cuts, Excessive Perspiration, Scabies, Sores, Arthritis, Gout, Muscular Aches and Pains, Neuralgia, Poor Circulation, Rheumatism, Asthma, Bronchitis, Catarrh, Colds, Coughs, Flu, Sinusitis, Sore Throat, Cystitis, Urinary Infection, Fatigue, Nervous Exhaustion, and Stress Related Conditions.
Key Qualities: Strengthening, Cleansing, Restorative, Reviving, Refreshing, Stimulant, Soothing.
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