Pine needle tincture, how do you make and use it properly


Pine has many properties that will surely be used with benefit for your health – pine buds have an expectorant and disinfectant effect, so it is very good to use them in case of a runny nose, cough or sore throat. The pine tree contains a lot of essential oils that will open the respiratory tract and vitamin C, which will strengthen the body.

Pine needle tincture recipe is easy, you would need 2 glasses of pine needles, 2 glasses of vodka, 1 glass of water, honey or sugar (which you prefer). Place pine needles in an airtight jar, pour alcohol and water. Close the jar tightly and put it in a dark and cool place for 1 week, shake daily. After a week try tincture and add as much sugar/honey you want for the taste to be good for you. Close the jar again and set aside in a cool place. After a month, pour the tincture into bottles. 

Pine needles for tincture
Pine needles and prepared tincture

Do you want to know more about pine needles tincture? Keep reading 🙂 I will cover uses, benefits, dosage, contraindications and at the end of the article you can also find a list of equipment that might be useful when you will be making a pine needle tincture by yourself. 

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Pine needle tincture uses

Pine tincture can be used for various types of respiratory tract infections, such as:

  • angina,
  • bronchitis,
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • inflammation of the gallbladder.

Pine needle tincture benefits

What is pine needle good for? Pine tincture has many medicinal properties. You can successfully use it with colds. The drink warms you up and eliminates the first symptoms of flu, as well as other infections, such as fever, cough or even a runny nose. The pine shoots contain such active substances as:

  • borneol,
  • limonene,
  • flavonoids,
  • resin acids,
  • tannins,
  • vitamin C,
  • minerals,
  • sugars.

Pine needle tincture dosage

Pine tincture on vodka helps to fight off any colds and flu. It has a strong bactericidal effect and soothes a sore throat. You can drink it not only during illness, but also preventively. 

It is simply brilliant as an immune boosting agent. In autumn and winter, it will effectively protect you from catching the virus. 

If you get wet or cold, a 1 tablespoon before going to bed is enough, use it for 2-3 days this way for best effect. 

Another pine needle tincture recipe

Place 4 glasses of freshly cut, young pine needles in an airtight jar and add 4 glasses of sugar. Place the jar in a sunny place until all the sugar is dissolved. 

Decant the resulting syrup and mix it with 4 glasses of boiled hot water, then add 8 glasses of 96% spirit and set aside for 4 days. 

After this time, pour off the tincture and filter it through gauze or filter paper, pour it into dark bottles. Set aside to rest for a minimum of 6 months to obtain its full healing properties. 

Pine needle tincture recipe without alcohol? 

If you cannot use alcoholic drinks such as pine needle tincture you can make it differently, as extract or syrup – use 4 glasses of fresh pine needles. Collected in early spring should be thoroughly cleaned of brown stalks, if they have any. You do not wash them, you just need to carefully inspect them to see if they are moldy. 

Pour them into a large jar and cover with sugar. You should sprinkle a small layer of needles and cover with sugar to the same height and repeat the process as long as the jar will be full.  Each layer must be well kneaded. Instead of sugar, you can use honey or brown sugar.

The jar should be covered and placed on the sunny windowsill. The needles will start to release juice which will be ready when it becomes amber. It takes about 4 weeks. To speed up this process, after a few days, when the juice appears in the jar, pour it into the pan, cook for a few minutes, and then strain the syrup.

Pine needle tincture contraindications and side effects

Be careful if you have asthma or allergy: Pine pollen can cause an increase in allergic symptoms, even in people who test negatively to pine skin tests.

As each alcoholic tincture also this one should not be used by drivers and pregnant or breastfeeding women. 

What type of alcohol is used for pine needle tincture?

Most spirits used for drinking will work, but vodka or other grain alcohols that are at least 40% alcohol by volume work best. When using dried pine needles, your best bet is to stick to an 80 or 90-proof alcohol, as it does not have a lot of juices left, and it is best for extracting any water that’s left in the herb out of it.

How long does pine needle tincture last?

When stored in a cool, dry place, pine needle tincture lasts at least three years, if not longer. If you use dark bottles, it will last longer because the light will not damage it. If your area is humid or hot several months out of the year, try storing it in the refrigerator during the hot and humid season.

Recommened edequipment – what you may need to have to make such tincture at home

I hope that you have found my article useful. Below I’ve gathered all items that I am using when making my tinctures, some of them, like airtight jars, are necessary, some are just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.  

recommended tincture equipment
Tincture equipment examples
  1. Airtight jars.
  2. Mortar for herbs – granite.
  3. Mortar for herbs – stainless steel.
  4. Funnels for filling bottles.
  5. Large bottles, dark glass.
  6. Medium bottles, dark glass.
  7. Small bottles with dropper, dark glass.
  8. Cloth for tincture filtering.
  9. Coffee filters for tincture filtering.
  10. Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit.
  11. Tincture press for better extraction.

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Sources: if you would like to check more info about the pine needle here you can find a webmd.com article about it

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