Pines embody the essence of resilience and determination, an arboreal image of ‘mind over matter’. Growing among rocks and stones in inhospitable places where there is almost no soil, exposed to wind and weather, they inspire us to rise above difficulties and persist against the odds. Their resinous aroma elevates the spirit, clears the mind and makes the feet move lightly along the path. Their crowns waving gently in the sky above, they exude a lofty air of serenity and spread a sense of inner peace, tranquility and calm.
Those who are worn with fatigue and stress should make ample use of the refreshing and invigorating power of pines.
In mythology Pines are commonly associated with the dwellings of fairies and gnomes. They symbolize humility, good fortune and prosperity, fertility and protection. Their evergreen needles are a certain indication of a potent life force. In the olden days, farmers sought to transfer this vital energy and protect their animals and kin by pinning some branches above the doors to ward off witchcraft, misfortune, disease and even lightning.
Infused into oil the needles are good for muscle aches and pains, rheumatism and arthritis, neuralgia, stiffness etc.
As a Tea they are also useful for respiratory problems like sinusitis and make a wonderful addition to a bath at the onset of a cold or flu, especially when one is feeling achy.
They stimulate the circulation and is useful for numbness, nervous exhaustion, fatigue and listlessness.