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Pine Needles

Pinus abies

Pine Needles


Description: From the Pinus genus, which includes some 120+ species of pine trees, we are given the gift of pine needles. To Christians the pine tree is a symbol of light and life.


The pine tree has been greatly revered throughout history for its strong healing powers. In her book, Natural Science, Hildegard von Bingen wrote this of the pine, "The pine tree is more warm than cold and contains many energies and powers. The tree is the symbol of strength."

Celtic and German ancestors believed the pine tree to be a source of protection from negative energies. Pine was burned in sick rooms to strengthen the healing process. According to older herb books, pine strengthens the nerves and gives energy, courage, and emotional strength.

Family: Pinaceae

Synonyms: none known

Origin: North and Central America, North Africa, SE Asia

Parts Used: fresh or dried needles

Aroma Description: pine odor, balsamic, sweet, slightly woody and spicy, green

Emotional Attributes: strengthening, cleansing/purifying

Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy

Culinary Uses: used in commercial food flavorings, kernels used in salads, with cooked vegetables, rice, and ground for sauces such as pesto

Medicinal Attributes: used for respiratory and urinary tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism and muscular stiffness. Causes allergic reactions in some individuals.

Element Association: Air

Magical Associations: healing, protection, spirituality, prosperity, courage, fertility

Astrological Association: Aries, Scorpio, Aquarius

Planetary Association: Mars

Season: Autumn, Winter

Aromatic Note: Top note

Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils are made from the heartwood and from the needles. May cause allergic reaction in some individuals.

Mixes Well With: bay laurel, burgundy pitch, cedar-red, elemi, frankincense, galbanum, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, mugwort, oakmoss, patchouli, pine resin, rhubarb, rosemary, sage-whitesage-desert, spikenard, star anise, thyme, valerian root, etc.

Medical Disclaimer: Information on this web site is for entertainment purposes only. This information is NOT intended as medical advice or for use as diagnosis or treatment of a health problem or as a substitute for consulting a licensed medical professional.

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