It’s no wonder why white pine (Pinus strobus) is considered the majestic tree. Its majestic height makes it the largest pine tree in the US. This big and mighty tree packs an oversized punch of nutrients that can help u feel and look healthy.
Since colonial times, both the colonists and British learned their lesson well about white pine and value it for its medicinal properties. Historically, white pine lumber was employed by Americans and British for building ships. Except that it was the Americans who first realized that the inner bark of white pine could actually be consumed. However, the animals are always way ahead of their time and had known the nutritional value of white pine even before the advent of Americans.
For generations, white pine has served as a natural remedy for cough, chest congestion, bronchitis, laryngitis, and other upper respiratory tract infections. It is packed with impressive polyphenols that can help repair the damaged skin, tackles the wrinkles, and steps up the game of collagen and skin elasticity to give you younger-looking skin.
Without further ado, let dive into the top details of white pine that you must know before using it.
Tree of Peace
The sage of white pine as a tree of peace begins with a man from Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Nation called Dekanawidah. He used the white pine tree as a symbol of peace to harmonize the warring tribes from Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, and Seneca. The five needles clustered together on a single branch of white pine personify these five nations united as one.
The chiefs of each warring tribe used to meet under the white pine tree to restore their faith in The Great Peace and agreed to be a part of it. To seal a peace agreement, tribes would bury their weapons under the tree by uprooting it and then replanting a new tree on top of it, calling the tree of peace.
The extended lives and expansion of white pine trees still retain the integrity of The Great Peace.
High Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential vitamin i.e. a human body cannot synthesize it and therefore needs a leg up! But obtaining it from the white pine is one of the easiest ways to reap its benefits.
Vitamin C not only plays an important role in stabilizing immunity but also helps with tissue repair, scurvy, and proper nervous system functioning. The heated white pine resin accelerates the healing of wounds, burns, boils, sores, insect bites, and septic conditions.
Helps Treat Cold/Flu Symptoms
Being high in vitamin C content allows white pine to confer more perks. The white pine needle tea is used as an expectorant to expel out the phlegm and treat both cough and chest congestion.
It also helps with cold, influenza (flu), sore throat, pulmonary complaints, and kidney disorders. For stronger colds, the wetted inner bark of white pine is used as a poultice on the chest to mitigate the condition.