Using Fresh Pine To Make An Easy, Restorative Bath Soak
Pine needles have been used medicinally for hundreds of years, and there’s a lot of scientific information that validates the practice. Fresh green pine needles not only smell fantastic, but they contain five times as much Vitamin C as an orange, and they have numerous antioxidant, antihistamine, and immunity-boosting benefits.
Harvesting pine needles from your yard or local wooded area can be a fun (if unorthodox) way to reap the nourishing benefits of pine. Below, we’ve excerpted a Medicinal Pine Soak which can help relieve joint and muscle pain, chronic stress, and skin irritations like eczema and psoriasis (it can also help soothe little ones suffering from the Chicken Pox, as colloidal oatmeal helps ease itchy skin and epsom salt relieves body aches and other musculo-skeletal discomfort).
Fresh green pine needles not only smell fantastic, but they contain five times as much Vitamin C as an orange. They also have numerous antioxidant, antihistamine, and immunity-boosting benefits.
Pine needle oil is also high in vitamin A– an essential nutrient needed to keep skin, hair, eyes, and nails healthy. Taken together, the Vitamin A, C, and the aromatherapeutic benefits make pine bath soaks ideal for people who are sick with a cold or fever.
Of course, you don’t just wanted to throw a bunch of pine needles and oatmeal directly into your bathtub– that would be a nightmare to clean up. The idea is to combine the ingredients below and pour them into a muslin bag to make a kind of “bath tea”.
Simply add the pine-filled bath bag to a tub of hot water and allow the natural oils to seep into the water for 5-10 minutes before getting in. Add a squeeze of your favorite bath soap to build up the suds, then sit in the bath for at least 15 minutes to reap the healing benefits.
- Handful of Pine Needles
- 5-10 drops Pine Oil
- 1/4 cup or 1 packet of Colloidal Oatmeal
- 1 cup Epsom Salt
Combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until evenly distributed. Pour mixture into a muslin bath bag and place it in a bathtub full of warm, steamy water. Allow bath tea to steep for 5-10 minutes and do not remove the bag after you enter the tub. Enjoy the soak and all the stress-relieving benefits that come with it!