Pine needles (whole) - Pinus abies - from Romania. Pine needles provide a wonderful green, balsam-like fragrance with delicate citrus-like top notes. Pine is cleansing and purifies the air.
The pine tree has been greatly revered throughout history for its strong healing powers. In her book, Natural Science, Hildegard von Bingen wrote this of the pine, "The pine tree is more warm than cold and contains many energies and powers. The tree is the symbol of strength." Pine was burned in sick rooms to strengthen the healing process. According to older herb books, pine strengthens the nerves and gives energy, courage, and emotional strength.
Celtic and German ancestors believed the pine tree to be a source of protection from negative energies. To Christians the pine tree is a symbol of light and life.
Synonyms: none known
Origin: North and Central America, North Africa, SE Asia
Parts Used: fresh or dried needles
Aroma Description: pine odor, balsamic, sweet, slightly woody and spicy, green
Emotional Attributes: strengthening, cleansing/purifying
Cosmetic Uses: perfumery, aromatherapy
Culinary Uses: used in commercial food flavorings, kernels used in salads, with cooked vegetables, rice, and ground for sauces such as pesto
Medicinal Attributes: used for respiratory and urinary tract infections, coughs, bronchitis, asthma, rheumatism and muscular stiffness. Causes allergic reactions in some individuals.
Element Association: Air
Magical Associations: healing, protection, spirituality, prosperity, courage, fertility
Astrological Association: Aries, Scorpio, Aquarius
Planetary Association: Mars
Season: Autumn, Winter
Aromatic Note: Top note
Essential Oil: Yes, steam distilled essential oils are made from the heartwood and from the needles. May cause allergic reaction in some individuals.
Mixes Well With: bay laurel, burgundy pitch, cedar-red, elemi, frankincense, galbanum, juniper, lavender, lemongrass, mugwort, oakmoss, patchouli, pine resin, rhubarb, rosemary, sage-white, sage-desert, spikenard, star anise, thyme, valerian root, etc.
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Per 1 oz. (28 grams) $3.75
Per 4 oz. (112 grams) $7.75
Per 1/2 lb. (224 grams) $13.50
Per lb. (448 grams) $23.75