~ March 15, 2020 ~

The Pinaceae (pine family) include many familiar trees like cedars, firs, hemlocks, larches, pines and spruces. Tree medicine is an often overlooked resource for many health benefits, especially useful during virus season. I live in Michigan and pine trees are plentiful and grow wild within the state. The needles, sap and resin can be used for internal and topical applications.

Pine needles contain Vitamin A and C, along with antioxidants. This is a perfect combination to help ward off many of the virus we encounter during the colder months, or when there is a change of the seasons with fluctuating weather. Researchers from the University of Maine showed that pine needles also contained Shikimic acid, which is effective against the flu. It is easily extracted by boiling the needles in water.

One easy way to start working with tree medicine, and pine in particular, is to make a tea from pine needles. This recipe is one that you can drink daily or as often as you want, that can help your first line of defense against virus exposure. I make a pine tea and sweeten with honey, or better yet, maple syrup, another tree medicine. Combined with a sweetener, the tea has a nice citrusy taste!

Pine Needle Tea

Pine Needles (2-3 tablespoons) - Chopped into small pieces

Honey or Maple Syrup - To taste

Water (1 cup) - Boiling

Rinse the needles with water to remove dust or debris if needed. Chop all the green needles into small pieces. Discard the brown stem. Put needles in a tea ball (recommended). Add honey or maple syrup to your cup, then add tea ball. Pour boiling water into cup. Steep until cool enough to drink. Remove tea ball. It is perfectly fine to eat any escapee needles if you want!

Additional Protocol

1 clove of raw garlic

After drinking the tea, I tuck a clove of garlic in my mouth to lightly chew on it until gone. The garlic oils can irritate your mouth tissue if you get too much oil at once, so chew lightly. I swallow the smaller pieces as I go. This might take a little practice, but so worth it once you get the hang of it. This is added to boost your immune system.

Maine’s pine needles could fight flu, boost business By Clarke Canfield, The Associated Press • November 7, 2010
Original Source: Susan Burek 2020

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