Friday, September 30, 2011

Pine (Pinus Sp.)

Many varieties of pine grow in North America and have been used by Native Americans for their lumber, bark, needles, cones, and seeds. However, the white pine (Pinus strrobus), also called soft pine, seems to be especially beneficial. The inner bark of this tree has a long history of being used to treat coughs and colds. Some use a trunk bark decoction mixed with the inner bark of the wild cherry and wild plum to treat cuts and wounds. Compresses are used to treat burns and other injuries.

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