How pine needle can support your health and wellbeing this Winter

Holly Zoccolan, nutritional health coach and founder of The Health Zoc, talks about the benefits of pine

As we fast approach the festive season, there has been an increasing amount of interest in pine needles and how we can add them into our everyday Winter wellness routines.

Pine needles have been used for many years throughout ancient medicine as a way to help reduce respiratory conditions, treat mild muscle pain, and support the immune system.

The most common ways to use pine are as an essential oil, or as a tea.

Pine helps reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract and is thought to help treat coughs and colds.

It also reduces inflammation throughout our entire bodies and, in turn, supports a healthy immune system. 

Pine contains high levels of vitamins A and C which, of course, support the immune system and our overall health.

Pine essential oil has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect on our skin – helping to prevent eczema, rosacea and possibly acne, too. 

What many people don’t know is that pine is edible. You can add some pine into your cooking as you would with other herbs and spices.

You can use pine needles in your cooking, make a soothing tea, or make a rejuvenating foot spa.

Pine essential oil has been shown to have antiviral properties which can help to fight infection. It can also provide relief from seasonal allergies.

It can be added to skincare products to to create a cleanser for skin and hair, and can help to improve mood and reduce stress.

Just add a few drops of pine needle essential oil onto your wrists and inhale a few breaths of the scent to feel the benefits.

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