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Pine has always been recognised as a powerful bronchial disinfectant. The Ebers papyrus of Egypt show that in early times the doctors of the Pharoahs prescribed from the pine tree, using pitch and turpentine resinto treat pneumonia and lung problems. It is very effective when used as an inhalant to ease respirational problems, for it specifically soothes irritations of the mucous membranes.
Pine also has uses as an antiseptic, an expectorant, a stimulant and a tonic; and it aids in the treatment of bladder and kidney problems. It has also been used as a treatment for gout and as a preparation to cure skin diseases.
Can be made into a decoction and used in drinks and inhalants to ease bronchial infections, cystitis and rheumatic ailments.
CONES & NEEDLES
Pine cones and needles are used in decoction, and are added to bathing water to ease breathlessness, rheumatics and skin diseases.
The Bach Flower Remedies recommend Pine to treat despondency and despair, and for ridding yourself of feelings of self-condemnation, guilt, extreme sensitivity, self-blame and over-conscientiousness. It seems that the person in the negative Pine state is always appologising, even for existing, perhaps lacking conviction in his heart of hearts that he deserves to be on this earth. Many people in the negative Pine state unconsciously make a cross for their own back. Sometimes they also say they are taking on the karma of others. Some Pine types have an almost masochistic desire to sacrifice themselves and may punish themselves for life by choosing an inconsiderate partner, not being aware of the inner reason for this.
The resin of the pine tree, collected from cuts in its trunk which ooze the gummy substance, can be used as an incense gum which when burnt clears a place of negative energies.
To purify and cleanse living spaces during the winter months, when people can feel trapped within their homes by the weather, pine needles can be burned and carried around the house or room, so that the smoke permeates the place.
Many products are collected from pine. Its resin was once used for sealing wax and to improve violin bows by adding resonance to their sound.
It was used to coat the insides of beer casks and was known as "brewers pitch."
It also forms the "pitch" used medicinally by vets, who use oil or tar of pine as an antiseptic.
Pine resin has always been used as pitch to seal boats and is reckoned to give them magical protection.
Scotch pine (Pinus sylvestris), also called Scots pine, is an introduced species in North America, brought here from Europe probably in colonial days. Although it is used for both pulpwood and sawlogs, its principal value in the United States appears to be as a Christmas tree, as an ornamental, and for erosion control.
Pinus syl. was proved by Demeures in the Ø tincture; and Patzack observed the effects of bathing in an infusion of the leaves. Pine baths may also be made by adding Oleum Pini sylvestris to an ordinary bath in the proportion of one minim to the gallon. These baths have a reputation in the treatment of rheumatism, gout, paralysis, scrofula, and skin diseases. The provings show that this reputation is founded on a specific relationship. Rheumatic, gouty, and paralytic pains in limbs, bones, and joints; stiffness; glandular swellings; enlarged and painful liver and spleen; chilliness and sensitiveness to touch. Scalp sensitive. Chest walls sensitive, with a peculiar feeling of thinness, as if they would give way at a touch. The kidneys were stimulated; burning on micturition; flow increased; urine strong. Itching of the nose and discharge of round worms was noted. The menstrual function was deranged. Bronchial mucus was increased. Hansen gives "emaciation of lower extremities" and "weak ankles in children" as indications for it, and mentions that the Ø tinctures may be used externally, whilst the attenuations are given internally. Chilliness alternating with flushing; the face is alternately red and pale. Itching in general. The symptoms are < by exertion; walking; touch; in morning; in evening. In a patient of Cooper's Pinus syl. caused "headache < by any movement of the eyes"; and it cured a case of squint.