Falling For Pine
Falling For Pine
words + images by Jessica Soto Frank of Root to Leaf
Pine trees. They spur excitement in the imaginations of children and nostalgia in adults with their beautiful, citrusy aroma and their magical glow, a star atop. They are cute in sweet holiday cartoons and mark our entrance into forests. That’s usually where our attention for pine trees end. With its presence in every area of the world except the Antarctica, it’s almost easy to take it for granted. Almost. For me, I’ve forged a relationship with Pine, working in communion often with this beautiful energy.
The first time I truly met Pine, I sat drinking an infusion of pine needles, breathing it in, feeling into it; all of those memories came back and so much more. I could feel its balance, expansiveness and strength, its protectiveness and its healing.
Pine is strong tree medicine. It’s grounding, centering. It’s diverse and can work with our root, heart, throat, 3rd eye, and crown chakras. Pine soothes and calms the nervous system, and opens our hearts and throats, allowing us to speak our truth. High in vitamin C, it strengthens our immune systems, acting as an antiseptic not only to the kidneys and skin, but to the lungs as well. It can be used for sinus infections, bronchitis, eczema, joint pains, wound healing and as a diuretic. Pine’s mind-clearing attributes even make it a powerful ally for ritual and meditation.
Being diverse in its uses makes Pine’s preparations versatile as well. Using its needles, bark, and resin, you can craft infusions, tinctures, body oil, poultices, essential oil, and blessing resin. How can you not fall in love with this childhood friend? You will find yourself turning to this ever constant, protective tree over and over again.
Florida's pine tree is the slashpine, which is native to the southeastern United States.