Name: Pine

SCOTT PINE (Pine fox)


Tree up to 25-30 m tall with a straight trunk, reddish bark, dark brown at the base, resinous, separated by thin plates. The branches are placed higher or lower along the trunk, forming a pyramidal crown in young specimens or wide in old ones. Resinous buds, densely covered with brown scales, leaves-needles 4-6 cm long, semi-cylindrical, in bunches of 2 pcs. Flowers glabrous, monocotyledonous. Male ones consist of 2 stamens sitting on spores, which are collected in a cone. Female – represented by two seeds on spores, also collected in cones. Pine blossoms in May-June. Blooms at the age of 15 years and later.

Pine is a forest-forming species of coniferous and mixed forests.

Medicinal raw materials are pine buds, spring shoots and needles.

In folk medicine, the medicine is young shoots, male inflorescences with pollen that has not spilled out or pollen, young female (red) cones of the first year, resin and products made from pine: turpentine, tar, rosin, wood vinegar, also natural pine resin ( its grains).

Pine buds are harvested in early spring, when they are just beginning to swell and the covering scales are still tightly pressed to the bud. These buds are cut with a knife along with the crown (4-5 shoots). The buds are the ends of young spring leafy shoots. They dry them in the open air under a canopy, in attics. The kidneys contain essential oil, tannins, a bitter substance (pinicicrin), phytoncides, mineral salts, vitamin C and turpentine.

Pine needles are harvested from young branches at any time. The needles contain ascorbic acid (0.1-0.3%), tannins (5%), a non-cordial amount of sel-caloids, phytoncides, and essential oil (up to 1.3%).


The seeds contain fatty oils. The needles and bark contain anthocyanins.

Gum is obtained from the trunks by cutting, which gives turpentine, rosin, and resin during distillation. The resin is collected directly from the trees, where it accumulates between the bark and wood, and is also released on the affected areas of the trunk. Grains, or “grains” are collected in boxes.

Pine buds are used in scientific medicine in the form of a decoction, infusion and tincture for inhalation, as an expectorant, disinfectant for diseases of the upper respiratory tract.

In addition, pine buds are part of the chest collection, and the infusion and extract from them and from coniferous needles are used to prepare coniferous baths as a means of calming the nervous system. Concentrate and infusion of needles are valuable sources of vitamin C, they are used for the prevention and treatment of scurvy.

Turpentine is obtained from the plant, which is widely used externally in the form of liniments and ointments as an irritating and distracting agent for neuralgia, gout, as well as for inhalation in case of catarrh of the upper respiratory tract and chronic lung diseases, as a deodorant and antimicrobial agent. Terpinhydrate is prepared from turpentine, which is widely used as an expectorant.

Tar obtained from pine has an irritant, keratoplastic, disinfectant and insecticidal effect, its products are used externally for the treatment of skin diseases: eczema, lichen scaly, scabies, etc.

Rosin and turpentine are used for the preparation of plasters and ointments used as rubbing for neuralgia, myositis, radiculitis, rheumatism, gout as a local irritant and distraction.

In folk medicine, a decoction of the kidneys (cones) is widely used as a blood-improving agent (inside), as an expectorant for bronchitis, rheumatism, dropsy, a diuretic and choleretic agent; for inhalation (inhalation of water decoction vapors) for inflammation of the upper respiratory tract.

Alcohol tincture of pine buds is recommended for use in pulmonary tuberculosis.

Pine needles (branches and cones) are harvested at any time of the year. A decoction of pine needles is used in the form of baths for rickets and gout.

Turpentine is used for rubbing against rheumatism (rheumatic pains), gout and neuralgia; inhale a decoction or infusion from the kidneys with putrefactive bronchitis.

Pine needles are taken internally as a decoction or infusion of cones for excessive female bleeding and scurvy.

Pine tar is a turpentine found within the wood and hardened upon release as a result of oxidation and drying. It is collected directly from the trees, where it accumulates between the bark and wood of thick roots, and also stands out on the affected areas of the trunk. Grains, or “grains” of the resin are swallowed (5-6 grains per dose 2 times every day) as an expectorant.

Young shoots, male inflorescences with pollen or pollen that have not fallen out are insisted on alcohol, brewed in boiling water or infused with boiling milk, honey, butter, sometimes eggs are added and drunk for pulmonary tuberculosis, freshly flowing resin (resin) is poured with water and placed in the sun, in after 9 days of sludge, they drink with pulmonary tuberculosis.

Young female (red) cones insist on vodka or water and drink for pain in the heart, green cones of the first year, infused with vodka, are used for high blood pressure, as a hemostatic.

Vodka-infused kidneys are used for gastritis, liver disease, baths are made from pine needles, pollen is brewed as tea and drunk for rheumatism; oleoresin, pork fat, sugar are boiled together and the wounds are lubricated with this ointment, wounds are poured with oleoresin; the upper yellow film from the bark of the branches is applied to wounds, boils.

Young shoots, resin fused with resin, are used for pulmonary tuberculosis, resin-resin is used to lubricate cracks in the arms and legs, wounds are covered with pollen.


A decoction of pine buds 1:10 – for inhalation with tonsillitis and catarrh of the upper respiratory tract.

A decoction or infusion of the kidneys: 10 g per 200 ml; 2 tbsp. spoons 3 times every day, or 1 glass throughout the day (expectorant, diaphoretic).

Infusion of needles: 20 g per 200 ml; insist 1-3 hours; 2 tbsp. spoons 3 times every day.

And also give respect to the statue Pine fox

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