Pine natural remedies

Pine Pitch Salve Recipe

Pine resin, or “pitch,” can be used as an antimicrobial dressing on wounds, or to lessen muscle aches and joint inflammation.

The measurements in this recipe needn’t be exact, but following the general proportions by volume (using a measuring cup) will be useful for achieving your desired consistency.


  • 1 part clean pine pitch
  • 2 parts extra-virgin olive oil
  • Grated beeswax (proportions below)


  1. Using a double boiler, melt the pitch in the olive oil until it’s mostly dissolved — it’s fine if a little resin remains solid.
  2. Add the grated beeswax (1 part grated beeswax per 4 parts combined liquid oil and pitch).
  3. Pour into jars, and let cool before adding lids.

Mighty Pine Needle Tea Recipe

Try combining peppermint and catnip with pine needles in a tea you can sip throughout the day to assuage cold symptoms.

This combination of herbs creates a safe cold remedy for the whole family. Adults can drink 3 cups per day. Children’s dosages should be lessened proportionally.


  • 1 quart water
  • Handful pine needles (5 to 7 pine tops), fresh or dried
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons dried peppermint
  • 1 tablespoon dried catnip


  1. Boil the pine needles in water for 20 minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat, and add the peppermint and catnip. Cover and let steep for an additional 20 minutes.
  3. Strain and add honey, if desired. Sip the tea while hot, reheating each cup as needed throughout the day.

Medicinal Use of Pines

Pine needles: Fresh pine needles and buds, picked in springtime, are sometimes referred to as “pine tops.” These needles are diuretic and contain both vitamins A and C. When boiled in water, the resulting tea can be consumed to treat feverscoughs, and colds. Pine needle tea is one of the most important historical medicines of the southeastern United States, especially given pines’ abundance in the region. Renowned Alabama herbalist Tommie Bass reported that “the country people used to drink pine top tea every spring and fall to prevent colds.” Bass also used the needles in a steam inhalation to break up tenacious phlegm in the lungs. I combine pine needles with sprigs of fresh thyme (Thymus spp.) and bee balm (Monarda spp.) for this purpose. I enjoy the needles — fresh or dry — as a fragrant and warming wintertime tea. They pair well with cinnamon bark (Cinnamomum verum) and cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum). Pine offers relief in sinus and lung congestion through its stimulating expectorantantimicrobial, and anti-inflammatory qualities.

Pine bark: The inner bark of the pine tree contains more resin and is more astringent than the needles. Historically, it has been used as an antimicrobial poultice and infused in bathwater for muscle aches and pains. It’s also commonly boiled in water and ingested as a remedy for coughs and coldsIn Traditional Chinese Medicine, the knotty wood from several species of pine is infused in wine and used for joint pain. I try to reserve the bark for topical applications, since the needles are easy to harvest and more pleasant in taste.

Pine resin: Pine resin, or “pitch,” has many local first-aid uses; it’s used as an antimicrobial dressing on wounds and to pull out splinters. I use it, prepared as a salve, to draw out splinters, glass, and the toxins left from poisonous insect bites (see “Pine Pitch Bandage,” below). Pine resin salve is also helpful for lessening muscle aches and joint inflammation.

Precautions: Despite the many lauded benefits of pine, you should take a couple of precautions when using the tree medicinally. Don’t use pine needles during pregnancy, as one species, Pinus ponderosa, has shown abortive effects in cattle. Avoid long-term internal use of the bark, which may cause kidney irritation in strong doses, especially in sensitive individuals. And don’t use pine resin internally except in minute doses under the direction of a skilled herbalist.

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