Is this an OK place to ask about pine needle juice? I have read about it and wondered what it is good for. I live around a ton of pine trees and can juice for anyone if it is needed, I just don't know what it is good for.
Thanks for the info,
Hello ntrlman pine needles and pine bark contain a nutrient called pycnogenol.Pycnogenol is a proanthocyanidin,it also contains oligomers and some usefull acids.A french captin named Jacques Cartier was taught by a quebec indian how to make the tea.This blend of nutrients is prized for the antioxidant,collagen stablizing,antiinflamitory qualitys!This info comes from a book by Richard A. Passwater,Ph.d.&Chithan Kandaswami,Ph.D..PYCNOGENOL The Super"Protector"Nutrint.Small book but a good read!
Yes i also live around lots of pine needle tree, they are meant to be very good for you especially high in vitamin c. You can boil the needles for around 20 minutes and make pine needle tea, if you type pine needle tea into a search engine you will find more info.
In terms of juicing they are very difficult to juice. I tried juicing alot of needles and got virtually no juice. I ended up using the pulp in empty gelatin capsules. The tea may be good for you but takes too long to prepare, more of a survival skill incase you get lost in a forest. My conclusion was that there are easier ways to get good nutrition, but if your juicer can handle it give it a go, just be careful not to burn your motor out.
Also it can be a bit messy so put some paper down first for the needles as there is a sticky sap on the branches.
One way to juice really fiberous stuff is to fill a blender with water, blend the stuff, strain it in a potato ricer (handheld press) and then put the liquid back in the blender with some more vegetable matter.
After the last press, pour through a fine mesh filter to get the smaller particles and then drink.
I own a champion juicer, but I end up using my blender instead for daily juices because a blender is a lot easier to clean.
RSVP International has the best ricer I've found for this, with a small mesh that locks nicely in place and can be removed for easy washing.
In the bio,circa 1050 ad, of the Tibetan Milirepa it is stated that for a fair period of time the only thing he had to eat was pine needles and he made them into a tea and so inbibed them that way and his skin turned green after a while. He stayed well, tho so thin and affected at first sight appeared not to be human, according to the report.
actually, it was nettles that Milarepa subsisted on--although in truth, they are a wondrous food. Nettle tea, nettle infusion, nettle soup.... mmm. Where Miarepa lived and wanderdd, there were no pinesm, I think.
I must admit though, I was very excited to see your post, thinking: oh! something new! I am a deep lover of Milarepa.
(was searching for info on pine needle tea...wondering about whehter all pines can be used.)
Synchronous .Just last week I mentioned to one of the Rinpoches the story of Milas eating the green. I said pine needles as I always have, and his comment was " ah, yes".So I shut up.
Yes Milarepa is beyond as is his story. I have never had a discussion on this topic except with regard to the extremity of the usage and its outcome. Yes there are pine trees in the mountainous area of his practicing and I always thought that the wording was just a translation thing when I read Evans-Wentz since his cave is part of a range that reaches over 22,000 feet and the nettles we are familiar with are a temperate weather plant. But now when I reread the passage it seems fairly unambiguous that he is not describing pine needles at all. Such a great tale.
The next time Im up at the DKC monestary I will delicately pursue the topic, the Rinpoche is from Ladak so he just might have a clue on this.
Thanks for getting me thinking about it again and of course bringing up the thought of Milarepa, another beautiful manifestation.
According to my Samsung manuel, pine needles juice mixed with apple and carrot juices is good for hypertension. It strengthens functionnality of the heart, purifies blood and accelerates patient's recovery by changing his PH degree into neutral. Hope that helps you.