As I gazed at the bushels of pine cones left over from what was a horrible harvest, my thought was what can I do with all this. I began to learn about pine as a cleaner and its natural property for health and wellness. I learned that many people had become unhappy that pine sol, one of this country’s oldest cleaning products , had lost its pine scent. It would seem they had a problem finding enough pine oil.
This fact alone was a great inspiration for a futher study into pine oil and pine products. One might think it unlikely to be medicinal . Since 2012, research into the pharmaceutical uses of pine extract (PBE – sold commercially under the brand name Pycnogenol) has virtually exploded. In this article, we will explore the most impressive applications for pine extracts. It was only natural, as a distiller of wild harvests, to extract the phytochemicals from the pine cones and create natural products.
In 1535, a ship carrying a French explorer named Jacques Cartier became ice-bound in Canada. As the crew ran out of food, especially fruits and vegetables, they became ill with scurvy, due to vitamin C deficiency. Once again, the Native Americans saved the day and showed the sailors how to make nutritious tea from the pine tree. rs who recovered shared their story, and 400 years later, French researcher Dr. Jacques Masquelier read the account in Cartier’s writings and set on a search for the miraculous tree ingredients. He was able to extract proanthocyanidins from European coastal pine tree, and patented the process, naming the compound Pycnogenol.
Physical Performance and Metabolic Recovery
A study published recently in the Journal of Sports Medicine Fitness looked at the effect of pine on the performance of normal subjects taking the Army Physical Fitness Test, and also the performance of triathletes. Among the results, participants treated with pine extract had improved performance and a significant decrease in cramps and post-running pain. On average, the pine extract subjects completed the 100-minute triathlon 6 minutes faster than the control group, and both the normal subjects and triathletes treated with pine extract showed a faster metabolic recovery
Pine preparations have long been used as decongestants. In another study out this week, pine extract was used to treat allergic asthma and relieved the symptoms by many mechanisms, including decreasing airway inflammation and decreasing mucus secretion. Wound Healing Several applications have been found for pine extract in the treatment of wounds. In one study, pine oil in ointment form was applied to an incision and was found to significantly accelerate the wound healing process. PBE also helps reduce ultraviolet radiation damage to the skin and may protect human facial skin from symptoms of photoaging. In one recent study, university researchers found “Clinically significant improvement in the photodamaged skin could be achieved with the regular application of pine extract.”
Pine extracts are effective against a wide range of bacteria, fungus, and virus, including the influenza virus type A, and herpes simplex types 1 and 2. It will kill the causative agents of typhoid, gastroenteritis, rabies, enteric fever, cholera, several forms of meningitis, whooping cough, gonorrhea and several types of dysentery. It is very smart to add a few drops of pine oil to your cleaning products to safely disinfect your home. A few drops can also be added to your pet’s shampoo as a natural flea deterrent.
Besides preventing post-exercise cramping, pine oil can be used as a muscle and joint rub to ease pain and stiffness. Nutritional Content Pine needles provide a good amount of vitamin A and about 5 times as much vitamin C as found in lemons. A cup of pine needle tea can help with colds and flu. Steep a handful of washed pine needles in hot water.
DIY – Pine Extract with what is on hand
To make your own, simply cut some pine branches, and needles included, and put them in a wide-mouth airtight jar. Cover the cuttings with grain alcohol or vodka. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place. Shake it at least once a day and start checking it after a couple of weeks. When you walk by and smell the pine smell, you will know it is ready to strain and bottle in a dark container. If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can replace it with olive oil, but your tincture won’t be as strong. If you are giving this as a gift, adding a sprig of clean, washed pine needles to the jar gives it that homey, homemade feel. Please note that this is a very strong preparation, and one drop will go a long way!
PINE OIL Chemistry and Active Ingredients
Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, we use primarily pine cones after the pine nuts have been removed. The species of our pine oil, is Pinus Edulis, as commonly known as New Mexico Pinon Pine, or Colorado Pinon Pine.
It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, as a cleaning product, and as a lubricant in small and expensive clockwork instruments. It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, massage oil and an antiseptic. It is also used as an effective organic herbicide where its action is to modify the waxy cuticle of plants, resulting in desiccation.
Pine oil is distinguished from other products from pine, such as turpentine, the low-boiling fraction from the distillation of pine sap, and rosin, the thick tar remaining after turpentine is distilled. Chemically, pine oil consists mainly of cyclic terpene alcohols.It may also contain terpene hydrocarbons, ethers, and esters. The exact composition depends on various fact y be a good reason why many common household cleaners claim to “smell like pine.” This connection to pine oil and good health is as old as the hills, and its related to the germ-fighting, disinfectant properties of the oil. In fact, it was greatly revered by the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, who noted its strong healing effect on the human respiratory system.
Similarly, the Native Americans used pine needles in bedding to prevent bedbugs and lice. Pine oil, obtained by extracting essential oils from the cone of pine trees, is a strong therapeutic aid. Similar to tea tree and eucalyptus oil, extracts of pine are powerful agents against harmful organisms of all types, making it a great oil to have in your medicine chest and cleaning cupboard. Its powerful capacities are related to its high levels of phenols, acidic plant chemicals that fight off germs and ward off disease. It also has a healing effect on the endocrine system and aids the body in cleansing impurities from the skin. Pine hydrosol is an immune-stimulant and body tonic, enhancing overall mental and physical balance.