Scots pine (Pinus silvestris L.)
Scots pine is perennial evergreen tree native to mountains in Europe and Asia.
In Bulgaria we also call it White Pine (Byal bor). It is because of the color of the dry bark and the yellow to white cones.
The young sprouts of this plant have lots of chemical compounds. Mainly etheric oils (30%), clays, mineral salts, Vitamins A, B and C. Tanning agents and others.
The Scots pine is very good against inflammations of the nasal passageway, throat and lung. It does liquify the bad secrets that obstruct normal breathing when a person is sick.
It is also very good for melting kidney and bladder stones.
Gathering. Usable part
is the young sprout, gathered between February and April. Dried in shadowy windy place, without sunlight.
Dried sprouts have red-brownish color and strong smell of pine resin. The taste is bitter. Needs to be kept in dry place after drying, because of the resin. Resin must be dry and crush when squeezed.
100 grams of finely diced sprouts are boiled in 2.5 liters of water (~5 pint) until the water evaporates and only 1/2 liter remains (1 pint).
After cooling, add 1 cup of liquid honey, 10 grams of grated cinnamon and 1 ground nutmeg.
Stir until everything mixes and store in a large jar.
Drink one small coffee glass 3 times a day before meal. (European coffee glass). It takes a while, but small kidney and bladder stones will dissolve with this decoction and you will excrete them without pain.
can be made with 100 grams from the fresh green needle-like leaves. Chop them finely and mix with 1 cup of freshly squeezed lemon or orange juice.
Leave for 2 days in cool shady place, then filter it and store in a bottle.
Add 2-3 tablespoons this decoction to any tea you prefer. Pine leaves are very rich on Vitamin C. Sailors used to make pine needles beer for long sea trips to battle scurvy.
(Use wooden or plastic tools. Metal destroys Vitamin C.)
Scots pine resin
can also be used for remedy. Dry resin, the size of a pea, can be swallowed to help battle internal infections. Also very good for inflamed internal hemorrhoids.
Resin softened by heating is also very good for wounds from new shoes ;) Apply to the inflamed area and let it cool there.