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Treegasmic! Health benefits of inhaling Ponderosa Pine tree pollen

Updated on October 23, 2014

A fine, green layer of pine pollen powder coats every visible surface and has for over a week.

A report on Ponderosa Pine Pollen explains, "Ponderosa pine is wind-pollinated, and an analysis of the mating system indicates that the level of outcrossing is greater than 90 %. Selection specific for different environments is evidently strong enough to overcome the homogenizing force of migration and produce population fissuring in ponderosa pine."

From this, I understand that tree sex occurs in the air and that I inhale its fertilization mechanism. Oh dear Lord... Do Plants Have Sex?

Releasing Pine Pollen


Tree pollen lands on cones from similar species trees and fertilizes them. Pine trees are monoecious- male and female organs are found on the same living organism. In other words, there are male pine cones and female pine cones. Did you know this? I admit to never thinking about it.

But now that I do know this, walking out the door makes me blush.

A flower's fragrance declares to all the world that it is fertile, available, and desirable, its sex organs oozing with nectar. Its smell reminds us in vestigial ways of fertility, vigor, life-force, all the optimism, expectancy, and passionate bloom of youth. We inhale its ardent aroma and, no matter what our ages, we feel young and nubile in a world aflame with desire.

Diane Ackerman, at Pollinator Poetry

Pine Pollen Attributes for Humans

Beyond raising a blush, it occurs to me that this sexy substance might affect my health beyond itchy eyes and sneezing. I went online and sure enough, there are pine pollen tictures and pine pollen tablets claiming all sorts of health benefits.

If pine pollen tablets inject healthy green stuff into my system, the fresh unaltered stuff in the air must be even better... and in my unemployed state, more cost effective!

According to a site on the benefits of "Pine Pollen Calcium Chewing Tablets":

"In former times, during the successive dynasties of China, pine pollen was so precious as to be considered suitable only for presentation to the emperor as a tribute, to be enjoyed by the royal family and high-ranking officials. Stress was laid at that time only on its fragrance and taste. Scientific research later showed that pine pollen is also a food of perfectly balanced nutrition. It contains rich amounts of proteins, amino acids, minerals, vitamins, active enzymes and trace elements. The contents of proteins and amino acids in pine pollen are more than 5~7 times those in eggs and milk."

It is GREEN, after all. And isn't GREEN always good, Mama Nature?

Pine pollen tablets.claim many benefits, including:

1. Pine Pollen encourages the skin to metabolize. This leads to healthier skin, evidently. Unless it metabolizes into a rash. Metabolizing is mostly good because it encompasses "the sum of all biochemical processes involved in life". However, cancer is a biochemical process, as are immune deficiencies, right? And processes like sneezing might be considered negative.

2. Pine Pollen improves the Constitution. Doesn't this require a Congressional majority?

3. Rutin found in pine pollen strengthens capillary vessels. If my cardiovascular system was strong, would I consistently communicate from the heart?

4. Inhibits atrophy of glands, which is extremely helpful for men regulating the prostate function and for women starting the change of life, because it evidently fights osteoporosis.

5. It feeds the brain.


© 2010 Barbara


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      Chris S 

      8 years ago

      Pine pollen is great, ive been using the raw powder from a UK vendor and its really helped build up my health.

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      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      lolol .... so enjoyed reading this one! I'm surprised too that Story is talking about what makes her blush - so what even if it is only the pines, their pollen and their cones!

      Each to her own, I guess!! :p

    • Storytellersrus profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Hey, I am not all that stuffy, LOL! It feels good to write something fun for a change. Perhaps that message is a hint of things to come...

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      Tony McGregor 

      9 years ago from South Africa

      Story - this was a great and funny Hub! I really enjoyed your "story"! I might have to change my mental picture of you a bit, though! "Treegasmic" indeed!

      Love and peace


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      9 years ago from Wisconsin

      A thought about tree pollen. In a normal population of trees male and female trees tend to be 50/50. But as newer varieties of male only trees to help prevent the piles of unwanted seeds and unwanted tree seedling, more people become effected by the increase pollen.

    • Storytellersrus profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      LOL, immartin, I was shocked to discover that there are male and female trees! What was I thinking...

    • lmmartin profile image


      9 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Your pine pollen has nothing on the live oak pollen here in the Florida spring -- my van turned yellow; it lay in drifts on the ground; had to wash my windshield before going anywhere so thick was the yellow stuff upon it.

      And it may have had all those lovely benefits but my eyes were too swollen to see and I was too busy trying to breathe to enjoy them.

      Thanks. (By the way, there are male and female oak flowers too. But it's not polite to stare.)

    • Storytellersrus profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      LOL, thank you Shalini. Made my day, ralwus and Paraglider. Glad to invite a bit of humor!

    • Shalini Kagal profile image

      Shalini Kagal 

      9 years ago from India

      Oh Story! treegasmic? pollinator poetry? What have you been up to? That pine pollen seems to have had quite an effect on you! Wonderful. entertaining hub!

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      Dave McClure 

      9 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

      Trouble is, I'm allergic to some tree pollen - it gives me hay fever. Maybe that's why I like living here in the desert!

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      9 years ago

      hmmm, no wonder I have been so horny, all my Hemlocks. LOL I never knew.

    • Storytellersrus profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      You two are QUICK! Thanks for the read!

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      Benji Mester 

      9 years ago from San Diego, California

      I'll never look at plants the same way :) Thanks for the very entertaining analysis.

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      9 years ago

      Nice hub - who would have thought pine pollen would have these benefits but your right it does stand to reason.


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