Monday, January 7, 2013

The Nature of Pine

Today I took a new path in the woods among pine trees that wrap around two magical ponds.
I fell in love with the soft light that was shimmering through the pine needles. 
All week I have been deep in the energy of transformation and rest. The kind of restoration that allows your body to melt into the energy of Winter hibernation. 
I have also been anointing myself with the oils of Lemon, Eucalyptus, Fir and Pine. 
My intention is to allow the various oils to work their medicine through Acupuncture points and take deep long rests to integrate the applications. 
Pine oil is effective in dispelling cold from the Lungs and opening the chest. It is great to use when there is chronic fatigue, wheezing, shallow breathing or an over all sense of tightness in the chest. It can also help us with energetic boundaries and in processing the feelings of remorse. 


Because it is a needle oil, it fortifies the Kidneys when a Yang deficiency is present. 
There is a relationship in Chinese medicine in which the Kidneys grasp the Lung Qi. Strong Kidney Qi will be able to anchor the Lungs which bring Qi into the body from the outside world. As the Lungs are the only organ system that has a connection to the inside and outside of the body, they are vulnerable and in need of constant attention in the Winter months. Mountain Pine oil also helps to transform wind-cold damp bi in the joints. It is excellent for sore and painful joints in proper dilatation. 10-15 drops in a warm soak eases tension and muscle aches. 
Pine oil is therefore a very good remedy for nourishing the Metal element. Please note that there are many different types of Pine oils. The oils of Pine are also anti microbial, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory in nature. They are also very potent disinfectants. 

The oils of Pine are also anti microbial, anti bacterial and anti inflammatory in nature. They also very potent disinfectants. 
In the language of flowers and plants there are many meanings that are ascribed to Pines, my favorite one is 'hope'. 
As I was walking through the woods filled with Pine trees I did find myself feeling hopeful and part of nature's unpredictable perfect web. 

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

Maya Angelou

These images are of Pitch and White pines found on my walk at Two Holes of Water in the Northwest woods of East Hampton. 

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