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PINE / SCOTS PINE
Pinus silvestris

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Asthma, bronchitis, hoarseness, bladder infection, gout, rheumatism ...

Description

Composition :
Capsule, 100% Pinus silvestris - 200 mg

Part used :
Fresh resin of the shoots; shoots in May

The Pine tree (Pinus silvestris), a.k.a. Scots Pine or Fir, is a member in the Pine family (Pinaceae) native in Europe and Asia, ranging from Scotland, Ireland and Portugal in the west , east to eastern Siberia, south to the Caucasus Mountains, and north to well inside the Arctic Circle in Scandinavia. It occurs from sea level to 1,000 meters (3’300ft) in the north to 1,200–2,600 meters (4‘000ft to 8‘500ft) altitude in the south and is easily identified by its combination blue-green needles and orange-red bark. The Pine is a perennial, evergreen tree with paired needles of approx. 7 cm (3in) length. It can grow up to 50 meters (160ft) tall and become 700-1000 years of age.

The young shoots are collected in May to get the resin which is used in treatment of colds, sinusitis and influenza, as well as kidney, bladder and prostate inflammations (the latter in combination with Great Willowherb, or Epilobium hirsutum). The resin is also applied externally for treatment of eczema and scabs.

History: Hippocrates used Pine tree shoots to treat inflammation of the lung; a testimonial to the fact that he knew about the antiseptic properties of the plant. Scots Pine is a important tree in forestry; it was one of the first trees introduced to North America (in about 1600). It has been widely used in the United States for the Christmas tree trade and was one of the most popular Christmas trees from the 1950s through the 1980s (latgely replaced by Douglas Fir today).

Dosage

Take 3-6 capsules daily, with plenty of water.

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