Common Names: Deal Pine, Soft Pine
Scientific Name: Pinus Strobus L., Pinaceae, Pine Family
Common Uses: The inner bark off white pine is a remedy for coughs and congestion due to colds and bronchitis, flu, croup, laryngitis, as a tea or as an ingredient in cough syrup. Some Native American tribes used the inner bark or the sap as a poultice or dressing for wounds and sores. Pitch poulticed to “draw out” boils, draw embedded splinters, felons, abscesses, also used for rheumatism, broken bones, cuts, bruises, and inflammation. Twig tea used for kidney and lung ailments. Bark and/or leaf tea used for sore throats, poulticed for headaches. Combined with Uva Ursi (Bearberry), Marshmallow, and Poplar Bark, it is excellent for diabetes. A hot resin can be spread on a hot cloth and applied as you would a mustard plaster for treating pneumonia, sciatic pains, and general muscular soreness.
*Warnings: If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or plan pregnancy in the near future do not take. Take any medicinal drugs or herbs including aspirin, laxatives, cold and cough remedies, antacids, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, supplements, other prescription or non-prescription drugs.
Origin: Grows from Newfoundland to Georgia mountains and central Iowa, west to northern Illinois.