Pine Needle and Pine Sap Uses and Recipes
When God created the pine tree, he must have poured more than a lot of love into its creation. This beautiful tree lifts spirits with its fresh scent, protects weary travelers within its sweeping boughs and heals many an ailing passerby. There are so many uses for pine trees, it is impossible to list them all here. The pine needle hair rinse is a favorite of mine; I hope you enjoy it as well!
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Pine Needle Acidic Hair Rinse
You Will Need:
- 2 cups pine needles (fresh, chopped)
- 2 quarts water
Bring the water to a rolling boil. Add pine needles and cover. Boil for ten minutes. Remove from heat and allow the tea to steep until cooled. Strain the needles out.
Wash your hair as normal. Apply pine needle rinse to hair. Allow the excess runoff to catch in a bowl so you can pour it back over your hair. Do not rinse out. Put on a plastic hair cap for as long as you can. Remove the cap and allow hair to air dry before combing and brushing.
I experienced; excellent luster, softness, deeper color, fresh scent (not piney), stronger hair, less itchy scalp and texture.
There is no set amount of needles to water ratio. Use as much or as little as you would like.
I have dark hair; I am unsure whether this will tinge lighter hair.
Pinesap Zit and Acne Cure Control
You Will Need:
Wash face as normal. Apply enough pinesap to the affected area to cover it. Allow this to remain on the zit for as long as possible—overnight if possible. The results begin almost immediately. You will notice swelling going down, a decrease in pain and then the eventual healing of the zit.
To remove the pinesap from your skin, lay a hot, wet cloth over it. Wash with a gentle cleanser and dab with the rag again. Avoid harsh scrubbing of your skin.
Gather pinesap from any pine tree; most of the time you can find small droplets already on the tree from bird and insect damage. If you cannot find pinesap, make a small wound in the tree's trunk. Sap should begin to run in a few minutes to several hours. Simply gather these with a plastic spoon and place them on waxed paper. Store your pinesap away from extreme temperatures, water and light.
Pine sap is often called pine tar, like that found in old fashioned, organic pine tar soap.
Pinesap and Beeswax Gum
- Mint flavoring
Simmer equal amounts of pure beeswax and pinesap until they blend easily. Stir in your mint flavoring. Keep mixing until the mixture comes together and begins to solidify like gum. Enjoy!