Bask in the protection of the forest floor.
1 oz . 30 ml / 2 oz . 60 ml
Simmering conifer needles is an ancient practice and one that many still keep today. Whenever I'm feeling congestion or a flu creeping into my lungs I wander into the woods and begin to gather fallen branches. Walking in pine forests alone can improve our immunity + restore health and consuming an elixir of its needles and bark is even better.
In today's world there is a lot said for the wonders of pine. You can dive deep into the folklore of ancient times or refer to modern studies. For this blend I added a few additional supports to aid in immune health and drive the pine where it's needed most.
Our elixir is made with an alcohol infusion, an apple cider vinegar infusion and a strong decoction combined, creating a tonic that is more potent and effective than tea alone. This extract is made with White Pine and other supporting conifers and herbs including Clove. This is a warming, spiced extract that is great taken straight or added to sparkling water or tea.
Eastern White Pine extract improves circulatory and respirator systems, modulates the immune system and the needles themselves are arguable the best natural source of suramin; which prevents blood clots and protects DNA and RNA.
White Pine is warming and is used specifically for respiratory and bronchial complaints. Both the needles and the thin twigs are used in promoting the expectoration and removal of mucus from the lungs. It is anti-viral, anti-flu and can ward against cardiac issues including blood clotting. It is potentially effective against protein contagions and contains suramin.
Scotch Pine is much the same as white pine in it's actions and uses. It has long been used for its anti-bacterial action and was historically used in storing food to prevent rancidity.
Spruce Tips are high in minerals including potassium and magnesium. They have long been used like their conifer cousins above and contain plenty of chlorophyl which helps with the healing of tissues and transporting of oxygen to cells.
Plantain is slippery and often used in the treatment of coughs and mucous membrane irritation. It's high amount of potassium makes it useful in controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
Mugwort is a bitter that is often used to boost energy and promote healthy digestion. It aids in stimulating gastric juices and bile secretion to better break down foods, assimilate nutrients and eliminate toxins. Energetically, it's used to help drive other herbs to where they need to go and aids in emotional protection.
Clove is high in antioxidants, is an antiviral, an antibacterial and improves liver health. It is used to fright free radicals which may otherwise lead to disease and may also help reduce the risk of heart disease. It has been used to boost immune system health and fight agains infections and flu.
Infused in Alcohol, water, raw honey and organic apple cider vinegar.
Adults take 30 drops daily. Children 2-7yrs take 5 drops daily.
Antioxidant and antiapoptotic effects of pine needle ingestion
Effects of ethanolic extract of pine needs on respiring-induced depression-like behaviour. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3173901/
Antioxidant activity and analysis of proanthocyanidins from pine needles. https://e-nrp.org/DOIx.php?id=10.4162/nrp.2011.5.4.281
Antioxidant, Antimutagenic and Antitumour Effects of Pine. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/6355045_Antioxidant_Antimutagenic_and_Antitumor_Effects_of_Pine_Needles_Pinus_densiflora
Structural basis for inhibition of the SARS-CoV-2 RNA polymerase by suramin. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41594-021-00570-0?fbclid=IwAR1KVygXTrGUxFFKHAWUFUAHGVy9FmfcbnaxR9NWWvqTJyLkdSCrFfbR3zg
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