Other uses include treatment for skin complaints and to sooth a cough. Not only can you fill your garden with colorful spruce trees of assorted shapes and sizes; with some research you might even be able to fill your medicine cabinet with remedies made from those same trees.
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Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here They have, over millennia, become ingrained parts of culture and daily life. They provide wood to build our houses, and christmas trees which we celebrate around in December. In some cultures, conifers provide important medicines, craft materials and even edible nuts. This chapter will broaden your insight into what you can use conifers for, and the commercial opportunities which conifers offer.
Various conifers produce edible nuts, though in most cases they are not commercially viable as a commercial crop. In many cases animals or birds will eat nuts before they can be harvested, inaccessibility of nuts on tall trees poses a problem, or the quantity and size of nuts obtained is too small to make it really worth while harvesting. Some of the more notable species include: Pinus pinea is perhaps the main species that is grown commercially. In Spain and France, there are commercial plantations which produce Pinus pinea nuts for export throughout the world.
There are at least 15 species of pine nuts which are harvested and eaten, though in most instances they are only used as food in a local area where they occur The Hopi and Navajo indians of North America for instance, eat nuts from Pinus cembrioides and some related species, either as whole kernels or ground into a flour and baked.
Pinus gerardiana is another species, from which nuts are a relished food in parts of central Asia where it occurs. Nuts from this pine called Chilgoza nuts are exported from parts of the Himalayas and Afghanistan, into India. Araucaria bidwillii seed has been a prized food of aborigines from South East Queensland, roasted and eaten in large quantities when almost ripe. Araucaria excelsa and A. In Asia these are processed, packaged and sold as a commercial desert nut. Roasted Ginkgo biloba nuts prized eating in China. Oils extracted from conifers are often pungent, but refreshing.
Many have astringent qualities ie. The can however, often cause irritation or even poisoning, if taken excessively, or by sensitive people. Natural therapists do use conifer extracts in herbal medicines and aromatheraphy, but proper use requires expert training.
Edible Elements of Conifers
Some are also used as antiseptics eg. Herbal products are used extensively for skin care, as cleansers to first clean the skin , toners also called an astringent, these tighten the pores after cleaning and moisturisers to prevent the skin's surface drying. A long hot bath is one of the best ways to relax after a period of tension or hard work. Adding fragrant oils containing coniferous oils such as Juniper or Pine, can improve the affect of a bath considerably.
The affect of the herbal water on the skin and the vapours being inhaled can be quite significant. Place a handful of the fresh herbs in a nylon stocking or tied in a muslin cloth. Put the herb "bag" in the bottom of the tub and run very hot water over it for a. Now run the bath with cold water as well as hot to bring it to the required depth. Plant oils are best and most commonly extracted by distillation, a process which is probably beyond most home gardeners. Distillation involves boiling a solution of the plant so that the oil vaporises with steam.
As the vapour cools, the steam ie: By collecting the oil when it turns back into liquid but not collecting the steam, the two can be separated and the oil extracted. Pure oils prepared by distillation can be purchased from craft shops or some herb nurseries. A simpler way to create herb oils is by using non aromatic oils eg: Olive oil or Safflower oil. These are oils which have no real odour. The oils in the plant will to some degree penetrate the non aromatic oil giving a mixture of non aromatic oil and the plant's scent.
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This type of oil is weaker than that extracted by distillation, but it can still be used in much the same way as the pure oil can. Place petals from scented foliage or wood in a clean. After some weeks or. You can then use a piece of cotton wool to carefully absorb the oil. The oil can then be squeezed out of. This is a delicate procedure which will work, but. Store in small glass vials.
To extract oils from fragrant woods such as cedar or pine etc. Reduce the wood to shavings using a wood plane for tough woods,. From there extract the oil using one of the methods outlined above. Australian Native Conifer Oils. While Australian conifers do contain useful oils, in general, the quantity is so low compared with other conifer species, that distillation is impractical. Callitris is rich in a useful oil geranoil and a derivative but the yield is low. Araucaria contains a useful oil but less than 0. Nervous Conditions - Agitation, Anxiety.
The berries of Juniperus communis are used for the production of a volatile oil that is used to flavour certain types of gin.
Oil of juniper has also been used as a herbal medicine. Juniperus communis - Another one of the Pineaceae family, so very antiseptic.
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Another feature of the oils obtained from evergreens is the "green" scent, or freshness that can be very refreshing in creating a blend. Juniper is also used in the distillation of gin. Juniper preparations should not be taken at any time during pregnancies. Cupressus sempervirens stems and needles are distilled to produce a sweet resinous smelling oil, used in herbal medicine for various conditions eg.
It has also been used as a deodorant.