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Pine Needle and Pine Sap Uses and Recipes

Updated on December 28, 2011

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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Hair After One Natural and Organic Pine Needle Tea Rinse Use.
Hair After One Natural and Organic Pine Needle Tea Rinse Use.

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.

My results:

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:

  • Pinesap

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

  • Pinesap

  • Beeswax

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!


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      Jocelyn 5 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Thank you so much. I love this stuff. If you can grow them, pines are a great asset to the farm! Our goats enjoy their foliage and the "hay" I make from them.

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      Marisa Hammond Olivares 5 years ago from Texas

      What a great tip! I love this idea. I do not have pine in my region, but I find this fascinating. I'll have to share this with my family and friends that live up north.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      LightWheel00 6 years ago

      I love the fresh pine aroma. It reminds me of Christmas time. I use to hate getting sap on my hands but now I don't mind it so much. I also use Tea Tree shampoo. whoo hoo!

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      Jocelyn 6 years ago from Florida, PCB

      I have never heard of a dog dying from ingesting pine sap. Maybe they ate pine bedding and got compacted or something? I learn something new every day.

      Pine needle tea is a very old recipe. So yea, I am sure you can make tea from the needles of a pine tree. :) I'm not dead yet.

      As far as the hot rag to remove the residue from your face--you can use a really warm one, it doesn't have to be PAINFULLY hot. It comes off pretty easily like that.

      There's a recipe for the tea here.

      I probably wouldn't EAT the pine tar gum--it might be a bit binding, LOL.

      Of course...I would avoid anything that hasn't been approved by your doctor first, especially if you're pregnant, nursing or already on another medication. Common sense sort of things.

      Good luck! :-)

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      joellie 6 years ago

      are you really sure... pine resin / sap to drink?? How much exactly to put in a cup.. somewhere else I did read that dogs can die from it.. I am thinking of drinking it and applying it to my face.. but my question is to those who know how it works on the face.. Is it also easy to remove it without making the towel to hot for removing..

      If there are more methods for removing please welcome..

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      Jocelyn 7 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Thanks guys!

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      suziecat7 7 years ago from Asheville, NC

      Who would have known. Great Hub.

    • profile image 7 years ago

      Very interesting.

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      Jocelyn 7 years ago from Florida, PCB

      Thank you for your comments!

      You're welcome!

      I went all natural a long time ago. I have made a few trips off of the wagon but--natural is always so much better. In this case, it is free for us! lol

      I will try the tea. We have a nice pine in our yard that tastes really nice. It isn't strong and has an almost lemony flavor. Really nice!

      I need to add more uses to this Hub. After work I will try and add the tea recipe, fire and wound healing properties of pine sap. Such a great thing to have around!

      Thanks guys!

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      "Quill" 7 years ago

      Interesting hub... also makes great tea... add a handful (chopped) in a large glass jar, place outside in the sun and allow to steep a few days... add honey to taste.

      Blessings and Hugs

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      erthfrend 7 years ago from Florida

      I have never heard of this before and i love it!!! Great info, thank you so much! I love natural things and its interesting to hear of the many uses of these simple things found in nature. Thanks for sharing!