Medicine for the People
By Walks With Hawks
By Harvey Walks With Hawks Doyle
Pine Recipes for the Home or Tipi
Native Americans or
descendants of Native Americans have a special fondness
for fragrant herbs used to scent the home. Smudges of
sage are employed specifically today for air
purification and fragrance. Herbal smudges are done by
burning the dried herbs of choice. Since it is solstice
of the winter then it is easy to pick pine cones and
pine needles. You may not realize that pine needles
contains 4-5 times the Vitamin C of fresh-squeezed
orange juice, and is high in Vitamin A. It is also an
expectorant (thins mucus secretions), decongestant, and
can be used as an antiseptic wash when cooled. So not
only does it taste good, but it's good for you!
Each variety of pine
has its own flavor to impart so experiment and see which
needles you like best. And feel free to mix and match!
Similar to incense, the smoke or medicinal properties of
the needles or cones are carried into the air. They are
also used in sweat lodge therapy, cleansing of air
before a birth, celebration of marriage and many other
important events. These formulas use all natural,
organic materials and will not leave behind unwanted
chemicals or propellants as do aerosol room fresheners.
The naturally occurring botanical oils will kill
airborne germs and leave a calming odor in your
environment. If you pick cones and needles; please pick
from different trees to be environmental friendly and
protect the spirit of the trees.
10 pine cones
Enough water to
cover pine cones
Place pine cones in a
large pot and fill with cold water until just covered.
Let stand in water over night. Bring to a boil for 30
minutes. You can either leave on the stove above very
low heat to disperse the scent or place cooled solution
into a spray bottle. If using the first method make
sure to never leave it unattended or on stove when out
of the house. Also keep out of reach of children.
2 Cups of broken
up pine cones
1 Cup pine needles
½ cup rosewood
10 drops of cedar
wood essential oil (optional)
Place broken pine cones
and rosewood chips into a thick plastic bag. Pound with
a hammer until well mixed. Add pine needles and
essential oils and mix well inside of bag... You can
use the mixture in one of three ways.
cloth bags and fill with mixture. Tie off top and make
a small loop. Hang anywhere that you want to be
Put a large pot
filled with water on the stove. Turn heat to low and
let water come to aw simmer. Add half of the blend and
let steep in pot. The steam will carry the smell of the
Pine Blend throughout your house. Remember to never
leave the stove unattended or on when you are out of the
Take a large
pottery or ceramic bowl and place mixture inside. The
bowl can be left on your coffee table or anywhere that
needs freshening. When you notice scent starting to
dissipate, then give the blend a few more stirs with a
spoon and add a few drops of cedar wood essential oil.
Pine Needle Tea:
a small bundle of green needles, the younger the better.
(A small handful will be plenty.)
any of the brown, papery sheaths that may remain at the
base of the needles. (They just pull right off.)
needles into small bits, about ¼ to ½ inch long.
For a Refreshing Tea:
about a cup of water to just before boiling.
hot water over about a tablespoon of the chopped
steep (preferably covered) for 5-10 minutes, until the
majority of needles have settled to the bottom of the
cup. Enjoy your delicious tea!
For a Medicinal Tea:
process releases more of the oils & resins that contain
the medicinal compounds, and tastes a little like
about a cup of water to a full boil. Add approximately
one tablespoon of chopped needles to the boiling water
and cover. Allow the needles to boil in the water for
from heat and allow the tea to continue to steep,
covered, until it is cool enough to drink. (Most of the
needles should sink to the bottom.) Pour the tea into a
mug, leaving the needles behind, and enjoy!
this tea several times a day for maximum medicinal
effect. (Make it fresh each time.)
cold & flu season here: Pine Needle Tea is a gift of
health as well as an enjoyable experience. And since
Pine is best used fresh, it's a perfect excuse to get
out & enjoy the change of seasons!