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Welcome to The Herbal Farm website. We hope to help you benefit from the wonderful healing properties of plants as well as guide you to using them safely and effectively. Herbal medicine is one of the most time-tested human traditions on the face of the Earth.

Herbal medicine has benefited millions of people for thousands of years.

Health is a gift that makes life worthwhile. Herbs can certainly help us along that path, but they should not be relied upon simply as a band-aid to fix a health problem. We encourage you to look deeply at the causes of illness and seek to live a healthier lifestyle whenever possible. This includes having healthy relationships, eating a wholesome diet, and exercising. We must also avoid the things that damage health, such as stress, smoking, exposure to pollutants, and an unhealthy lifestyle.

Provided in this website is information on how to use herbs, as well as herbal blends. Each herbal description includes contraindictions, such as dangerous side effects, to which you should pay careful attention. Many of the contraindications only occur in extremely large doses and would never be a problem with normal use. However, there are some plants that should best be used with professional counsel, and many should be avoided during pregnancy. In listing contraindications. Remember – just because something is from a plant does not mean it is appropriate for everyone to use at all times.

In Chinese medicine, different foods have different characteristics, described as energetics. We must admit that not everyone agrees on whether an herb is cool, cold or warm. As American herbalism evolves the use of energetics will become a more genuine and accurate part of our own healing tradition, with more agreement between herbal practitioners.

Even though some of the constituents of the plants are listed, herbalists usually prefer to use plants in a more whole form. We firmly believe that using the entire herb, with all of its components, is more effective and often safer than using any one component.

PINE


Latin Name: Pinus sylvestris

Family: PINACEAE

Parts Used: Knots in wood, inner bark, needles, young buds, pitch.

Properties: Analgesic, Anticatarrhal, Antioxidant, Antiseptic, Antispasmodic, Antiviral, Demulcent, Diuretic, Expectorant, Stimulant, Tonic.

Internal Uses: Acne, Blood Clots, Bronchitis, Cough, Croup, Emphysema, Fever, Laryngitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Sinusitis, Tonsillitis, Tuberculosis
Internal Applications: Tea, Tincture, Capsules, Syrup, Lozenges
Only the bark is antioxidant. Pine helps dry dampness, fight infection, and promote the healing of tissues.

Topical Uses: Arthritis, Boils, Congestion, Eczema, Insomnia, Nervous Breakdown, Psoriasis, Scabies, Splinters, Wounds

Topical Applications: Compress for bronchitis, rheumatism, pneumonia, nephritis and sciatica. Bath for sore muscles, arthritic limbs, insomnia and nervous debility. Compress for wounds. Use in inhalants for respiratory congestion. Tar used in ointments for eczema and psoriasis and also used as a poultice to draw out splinters and to bring boils to a head. Pine cones make good tinder for starting a fire. Pine needles are woven into baskets.

Culinary uses: Pine nuts are considered a delicacy. The inner bark is edible in emergency situations, and the needles can be chewed and spit out as a survival food.

Energetics: Bitter, Warm.

Chemical Constituents: Lignan, coniferin, triterpenes, pinipricin, tannins, resin, Vitamin C, beta carotene.

Comments: Pines, being an evergreen, are a symbol of eternal life. The Iroquois believed Pine trees symbolized a balanced life as their shape reminded them of praying hands reaching for the sky. In 1534, when the French explorer Jacques Cartier landed at the Saint Lawrence River, many of his crew had died of scurvy. Native Americans saved the survivors with a tea made from Pine needles, which contains vitamin C. The genus name is from Latin.
Pine is a Bach Flower Remedy for those filled with guilt and self blame.
The common name Pine includes the species Pinus tabulaeformis, Pinus strobus, Pinus pinaster, Pinus pinea, Pinus nigra, Pinus contorta, Pinus palustris (used in China and called Sheng-sung-Chih) and other Pinus species, which are used interchangeably with Pinus sylvestris.

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