This is the 13 footer under construction at my house. I had to go Artificial with this but maybe it's time to go back to Fresh Trees?
THE HEALING POWERS OF PINE TREES (Fox News)
- An extract for what ails you. In the 1940s, a French researcher named Jacques Masquelier discovered that pine bark and needles contain vitamin C.That researcher went on to test French coastal pine trees (Pinus maritima) and learned that they're loaded with beneficial antioxidant compounds called flavonols and bioflavonoids. He extracted the compounds with hot water and patented his discovery as Pycnogenol. Now marketed as a dietary supplement, Pycnogenol - which has been used as a jet lag remedy - has also been studied for its ability to ease circulatory problems, knee pain, and menstrual cramps; it may even improve memory in the elderly.
- A scent for stress relief. In one study, researchers at the Japan's Kyoto University sent 498 healthy volunteers on two 15-minute pine-forest strolls one day, compared to a control day when they didn't walk. Volunteers rated their mood on a standard psychological scale. Their hostility and depression scores decreased significantly after walking. What's more, the more stressed-out the volunteers were to begin with, the greater the relaxation they experienced. While most of us don't have access to ancient Japanese pine forests, we can fake the same emotional effects by taking a stroll through a local Christmas tree farm - or by using essential oils such as balsam or silver fir, spruce, pine, or Scotch pine. Traditional aromatherapy recommends these forestry evergreen oils for soothing bumpy emotions and easing stress. Simply shake a few drops on your pillow or even onto a tissue. Breathe in deeply and slowly, relax, and visualize walking through a piney glade.
- Oils for Bronchitis or chest coughs. Pine also provides gentle relief for colds and congested sinuses. Add three drops of pine essential oil to a bowl of hot tap water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale the steam through your nose and mouth.
- A massage for sore muscles. Add five drops of pine oil (P. pinaster) to two tablespoons of vegetable oil and use it to massage away muscle aches and pains. (Caution: Don't use Scotch pine oil - P. sylvestris - on the skin, as it may be irritating.)