Gemmotherapy – pine buds
Gemmotherapy is one of the fields of phytotherapy, which deals with the use of the raw material derived from the buds of different plant parts (flowers, leaves, stems, roots, rhizomes, tubers). Depending on the need, it is those parts of the plants are prepared decoctions, infusions, poultices, macerates and oils having therapeutic properties, this is an area so interesting that the buds of plants we find a kind of “concentrate” of vitamins, nutrients, active compounds, hormones and other substances. Herbalists assume that the buds of plants, such as sprouts and embryos, is the so-called life energy and are, according to Dr. Różański, more potent than material obtained from other plant parts.
Gemmotherapy field is relatively young and little is yet studies, allowing precisely to deal with this topic, and in the tradition of herbal successfully for centuries used the raw herb. An example may be the birch buds, flower buds of fruit trees or shoots of pine buds.
The harvest season
Here comes the season of harvesting these plant parts so we decided to write a few words about the most popular medicinal buds – pine buds, is very popular syrup, which is prepared from the buds of pine or young shoots operating very effectively for a variety of ailments respiratory tract due to the presence of essential oils, which pine owes its unusual smell – pinene, limonene, borneol, which have a positive effect on the immune system, relieve cold symptoms. Pine buds also contain resin acids, flavonoids (antioxidants), bitterness (to enhance secretion of gastric acid), tannins (anti-inflammatory effects on mucous membranes, inhibit minor bleeding), vitamin C, minerals, sugars.
You can use the donuts fresh and dried, and similar properties have buds of spruce, fir and larch.
What about them prepare?
- The infusion or decoction: a half tablespoons of dried, shredded buds pour boiling water, brew for 10-15 minutes covered. Decoction prepare pouring the same amount of donuts with hot water, then cook covered for 2 minutes and leave to cool. The infusion and decoction are recommended for colds or flu and for people using a regular pine buds in order to cleanse the body and strengthen the immune system. The infusion may also be used as a poultice on the joints, and festering and hard to heal wounds.
- Milk infusion – a spoonful of buds thrown into the boiling milk and cook for a few minutes over low heat, covered. Then we drain off, drink hot milk at the time of colds and flu. Milk is a very good way of extracting pine buds because of the lipids and form the emulsion.
- Tincture – 1 cup fresh or dried buds pour 500 ml of alcohol (40-70%), we leave for 7 days maceration, after this time drain off. Tincture is used during infection of the upper respiratory tract (half tablespoon several times a day). For tinctures can add honey or sugar (2-3 tablespoons). If we used a very strong alcohol- sugar dissolve in a glass of water and pour into tinctures.
- Syrup – for its preparation will be needed fresh buds. Dense, sweet drug works expectorant and bactericidal, clears the airways for easier breathing. Vitamin C will also help the immune system. To make a syrup, fresh charge, shredded donuts with sugar, preferably in layers. After 2-3 weeks drain syrup, store it in a dark bottle.
- Pine Jam – prepare sugar syrup (half a kilogram of sugar, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and a glass of water), half a kilo of buds (preferably peeled from brown casings) thrown into the syrup and cook for about 40 minutes, stirring frequently. Then we put into jars and pasteurise (if you want to keep for more than 3 weeks).
With buds and pine needles you can do a few homemade cosmetics – will be particularly useful to persons with oily skin and mixed. So you can prepare:
- Pine tonic – Tonic pine, which effectively mattes the skin – a handful of donuts (fresh or dried) and a handful of pine needles pour a glass of water in an enamel pot, bring to boil and cook for 10 minutes, leave to cool and pour into scalded bottles, keep in the fridge for no more than a few days.
- Skin pine inhalation – half a cup of fresh or dried buds pour boiling water in a large bowl. We cover the head with a towel over the bowl. Such inhalation can be used on both the face and the typical inhalation during colds, or if you have frequent respiratory problems.
About pine buds, you can also read here
Read about pine buds in the encyclopedia of herbs here