Medicinal Uses of Pine Trees and Their Relatives in the Northeast

Contents1 The old elm that never grew up.2 You know what they say, two is better than one3 The family of you.4 We’ll find the right words for you.  Pine trees and their relatives are …

Pine trees and their relatives are a great resource for preppers. They’re abundant in the northeast, and have been used medicinally by Native Americans since before Europeans arrived on this continent. The list of medicinal uses is long, but here’s just one example: if you have a sore throat, try rubbing some pine tree sap into your neck to soothe it!

1. What is the best way to use pine cones for medicinal purposes?

2. Have you ever used conifer oil for anything other than preserving plants?

3. Where can I get or grow (Eastern) white pine trees in my yard?


4. What are some common ways to use Salal berries medicinally?

5. How do you think the power of indigenous knowledge will be impacted by climate change and resulting extreme weather events like wildfires or hurricanes/tornadoes/storms etc.?

Evergreens are also known as conifers. They make up the bulk of a group of plants called gymnosperms, which have their female parts exposed so that they can be pollinated by windblown pollen from other members in the same species.  Gymnosperm means “naked-seed” because only one kind has seeds (the cone) protected by scales or leaves at its base and is not evergreen: Larch or Tamarack (Larix). You can also find deciduous Bald Cypress under cultivation but this article will stick to the conifers – Pinophyta.


Did you know that most plants are angiosperms, or flowering plant? The female parts of a flower is not visible to the naked eye and must be reached by male pollen. Recognizing gymnosperm will help tell them apart from angiospersm with simple flowers like tulips and roses. You can find conifers in our area such as pine trees, yew tree (or more properly called Cypress), but also look for cypresses because there are two botanical families represented: Pine family – pines; Cypess family-cyprs


While many refer to any evergreen as a “pine” Tree there really three different types of flora we have here in this region: Pines –

The Pine family includes several genera. Pinus (Pine), Picea (Spruce) and Abies (Fir). Tsuga, also known as Hemlock is found in our region, while Larix or Larch can be found throughout the country.

The old elm that never grew up.

One of the most common tree types in North America is Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). It grows naturally throughout much of Western Canada and the United States, from Alaska to California. In my area where it’s a bit hotter than other parts of its natural range, I often grow White Pine (Pinus strobus) instead because it does well here. However you can find both varieties at nurseries around town as they are fairly easy plants to propagate with cones or seeds found on their needleless branches that fall through winter months when trees lose leaves for hibernation purposes; these tiny little ‘pinecones’ contain all that needs be done by an ambitious setting out into nature looking for them! If


The Cypress family has Taxodium (Bald Cypress), Thuja (Arbor-vitae), Chamaecyparis (Atlantic White-cedar), and Juniperus. There are many medicinal uses of species in Cupressease, but it should be regarded as less edible in general than the Pine family. For instance, Thuja essential oil is considered quite toxic while Red Cedar provides a more mild flavor with rich nutrients for cooking because its oils can withstand high temperatures without breaking down or burning off taste like other woods do when they’re used over long periods of time to cook food


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The Japanese and English domestic varieties are quite common under cultivation because they can easily grow naturalized (spread into the wild from cultivation). Yews on the other hand, have toxic properties. The difference between a yew and hemlock or fir is that you will see their berries which are different shapes with an easy to differentiate red color for taxus berries. You should avoid eating any seeds of gymnosperms such as Taxus though!

You know what they say, two is better than one

Poisonous plants often protect their seeds with deadly toxins, but they are usually disguised in the fruit. The needles of pines and yews can be found throughout them while cypress family leaves have scale-like qualities that alternate along deciduous twigs. One exception to this rule is Bald Cypress who has needle-like leaves on its evergreen terminal branches which remain green all year long!

The family of you.

Pines are members of the pine family and they secrete a pitch that makes them difficult to burn. Their needles have such an awesome smell, so if you know what Yew smells like or looks like then it will be easier for you to identify other types of trees because their leaves come in different shapes but still look similar with all those needle-shaped parts!

Pine trees are one of the easiest ways to get acquainted with their family. They have spirally arranged scales that cover berry-like cones, and seeds bearing wings. There is Pinus (pine), Tsuga (hemlock), Picea (spruce) Larix (larch) Abies(fir). Cedrus and Pseudotsugas occur in other parts of the country; Cathaya, Pseudolarix Keteleeria Nothotrugs grow only in China

We’ll find the right words for you. 

The Scotch Pine (Pinus sylvestris) is the most widely distributed pine tree in North America. This species was introduced to this continent from Europe and can be found lining driveways, cultivated land, roadsides, parks or any other place where it has been intentionally planted by humans. The distinguishing characteristic of a Scotch Pine is its orange-shaded upper bark and light blue-green needles that are all about one inch long each with four lines on their surface called stomata which provide them access to oxygen for photosynthesis -the process plant cells use convert sunlight into food through chlorophyll production

a crucial part of survival! They have also been used extensively in traditional European medicine but more commonly as pharmaceutical preparations than anything else like

Pines were used extensively for winter, as they are a source of vitamin C and also to cure coughs and fevers. Though not so much nowadays, people would often eat pine needles first thing in the morning or drink them with tea leaves or honey.

Hemlock is a spindly plant that has an interesting appearance. It grows in humid and damp areas such as stream gorges, giving it the ability to survive well throughout Northeast America – just like Pinus trees do! Hemlocks host a species of mushrooms called Reishi (Ganoderma tsugae), which provide many medicinal benefits for humans; however they are being attacked by deadly Wooly Adelgids who suck on their sap and leaves until only withered plants remain without anything left but dried-out cones still clinging onto them. The genus name comes from Japan because people wanted to honor this tree’s incredible survival skills with its ancient Japanese counterpart: Tsuga canadensis.

The balsam fir has many medicinal uses because of its pleasant taste and smell. However, confusion arises in some circumstances when the poison hemlock is also called “balsam” as it shares a similar name but belongs to the carrot family. When you are getting sick or injured for example, this tree should be your go-to plant if available since its benefits cannot easily be matched by any other species!

Tamarack (Larix laricina) is used for stomach, colds, coughs, fatigue and as a tonic when taken internally. Chippewa also use the bark to treat anemic conditions while infusions of needles are applied topically in order to heal burns or cuts. The Cupressaceae family- Cypress Family  in general has many medicinal uses including aiding with fever symptoms such as chills and loosening joint pains from arthritis by acting like anti-inflammatory drugs on your body’s immune system which causes you pain due to swelling that will cause stiffness if not taken care of accordingly.

Red cedar is by far the most common representative of this family and genus in our area. They are a tree-like type, with dark blue berry cones that look like berries but don’t taste quite as good. You can usually find them dying from shade outside taller trees or near old fields where they thrive best due to their tolerance for dry conditions

The Taxus genus is a popular choice for those who are looking to turn their dead cedar into something more useful. Though there’s only one species found in the nearby area, three of them total can be found around the world and all nine have been estimated at some point or another. The North American version, T. Canadensis occurs here on its home turf where it has also faced deer overbrowse but still manages to hold on as an endangered  species with continued care by wildlife enthusiasts .

The wood from the Yew tree is used to make bows and it’s easy to recognize by its red berries. The fruit of this plant has a single seed that can be toxic, but eating the flesh is safe for humans.

Taxol, a chemotherapy drug used for treatment of cancer was first isolated from the Pacific Yew tree (Taxus brevifolia). This is not surprising considering that Native Americans have been using yarrow to treat numbness in their fingers; an effect likely caused by Taxols.