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Backyard Healing: Pine


This is a very common tree, and like many other herbs, pine has different uses depending upon the species. 

Kinds of Pine

  • White pine is great as a expectorant, making it useful in cough and cold seasons. A good way to use it is to drink white pine needles steeped in a tea to help with coughing phlegm up if you’re congested. 
  • Larch pine, common in central Europe, is another good expectorant for bronchitis and pneumonia 

Historical Uses

  • Pine trees are referred to as sacred to the god Poseidon 
  • The sap of the pine tree was used on many ships to keep them waterproof and water resistant. The protective aspect of the plant most likely came into play due to its use with ships
  • The younger shoots of pine trees were used and mashed to bath water for nervous exhaustion, slow healing wounds, circulatory disorders, arthritis, and skin conditions. 
  • American Indians used pine needles to prevent scurvy. They also used pine needles in their mattresses to repel lice and fleas. 

Magical Uses

  • Holding a fresh pinecone with seeds still intact is thought to keep away evil spirits and bring fertility 
  • There is a heavy association with money and work, because pine is an evergreen plant, suggesting prosperity all year long
  • Health and healing, protection, cleansing, exorcism, purification, and fertility are all associated with the pine tree

Essential Oil Uses

The following is based on the Améo Essential Oils, a clinical grade oil. This brand of oil has a proven cell activity level, proven cell permeability, and Cetri-5 endorsed. You should always use 100% pure essential oil before using on your body. Contact a certified homeopathic practitioner for more information.

Blending: The ratio 50:50, for example, means use 50% essential oil, 50% carrier oil. The ratio 5:95, for example, means 5% essential oil, 95% carrier oil.

  • Blends well with cedarwood, rosemary, tea tree, sage, lavender, juniper, lemon, Eucalyptus radiata, Eucalyptus globulus, and marjoram
  • Extraction: essential oil by dry distillation 

  • To relieve nerve pain, create a 50:50 blend of pine and a carrier oil and massage the painful area. If the area is small, you may apply the oil undiluted and add a carrier oil as needed. 
  • To help detoxify the lungs, liver, lymphatic areas, or the urinary tract: diffuse 20 drops of pine or create a 50:50 blend of pine and a carrier oil and massage the affected area
  • For scrapes, cuts, and sores: apply pine undiluted to the area and add a carrier oil if needed
  • For treating lice, excessive perspiration, or scabies: you may want to mix 3-5 drops of pine in a teaspoon of water and apply. Or you can try diluting pine 50:50 with a carrier oil depending on what works best for you
  • For arthritis, gout, poor circulation, neuralgia, and muscle aches and pain: create 50:50 blend of pine and carrier oil and massage the affected area
  • For urinary tract infections, create a 50:50 blend with a carrier oil and apply to the lower abdomen. Use a warm damp compress and add head to help the oil penetrate. Take capsules with a 50:50 blend of pine and carrier oil. Take 3 capsules a day with food. ***
  • To overcome fatigue, nervous exhaustion, and other stress-related conditions: diffuse 20 drops of pine twice a day
  • To help with asthma, bronchitis, coughs, sinusitis, and sore throat: diffuse 20 drops of pine twice daily. Also create a hot bath using 10-15 drops of pine in a cup of Epsom Salts. Also use 3-5 drops of pine over your chest and neck after a shower while your skin is still damp. Heat a pan or bowl of boiling water, add 3-5 drops of pine, cover your head with a towel, and inhale. You can reheat and add more oil as needed. 

(Pénoël, 2014)

***You should consult with a certified homeopathic practitioner before ever ingesting any brands of oil into your body. 


Pénoël, Daniel, Dr, comp. Integrated Guide to Essential Oils & Aromatherapy. 1st ed. N.p.: n.p., 2014. Print.

Robbins, Shawn, and Bedell, Charity. The Good Witch’s Guide. New York: Sterling Ethos, 2017. Print.


Tail Feathers Wanted_DSC8126 by Dan Ripplinger
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Ruby-throated Hummingbird preening. This is another picture of the bird that is missing tail feathers. If you look at the space in the middle of his tail you can see the new feathers.


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Ruby-throated Hummingbird feeding on Lantana.