Pine & Pine Pollen

Pine – Pinus sylvestris


I think everyone of you already knows Pine, originally discovered by Dr. Edward Bach himself and so longer than 70 years in use coming with a precise description of what to expect from the essence. Today let us take a look at the wider picture, since Pine is a widely used plant providing us with more than just her essence.

Pine does not need much to grow, has no special preferences, you can find her on sandy soil as well as on a ground of rocks. Pine was the pionier that formed the primeval forest after the last iceage in Europe. This plant is so flexible and adaptable using the wind to carry her pollen to other plants.

The tree‘s wood is so full of resin, that it burns very long and at the same time gives a wonderful scentl. You may be astonished to read that in earlier times people used to use pine needles to fill cushions and mattresses. How that? Are they not much too hard and stiff? Well, if you steep the needles in warm water they crack and give us a sort of fluffy fibres. Just let the fluff dry and the production of the so called „wooden wool“ was finished.


One of the main ingredients of Pine‘s resin is terpentine oil, which was used thousands of years ago by the Egyptians as a helpful mummifying tool. Even though this kind of use is a little outdated, the resin is still in use in the production of lacquer and other products. Beyond that this essential oil is well known in the aromatherapy, that uses the oil to treat warts, and other natural healing methods. There is also a special preparation made of one part distilled resin, one part water, that was extracted from green Pine cones plus some essence, that shall make us look younger and wrinkles diasappear (no guarantee but perhaps worth a try).

Terpentine can be used for inhalations when you caught a cold. One of its ingredients is Vitamin C. The oil soothes coughing and cleanses throat and lungs. There are many more ways in which you can use Terpentine oil: in a tea, in the bath-water, in cremes etc. I should not forget to mention that Pine tree produces such a lot of resin, that it makes an affordable, if not to say cheap remedy.


On the psychological and emotional level the effects of Pine are also not unknown. I often send clients (do some homework) to places with Pine trees and stay there for a while. If you want to, meditate, if not just sit and inhale deeply, when you face emotional problems or even turmoil. The use of the essential oil has very much the same effects. Often the inner blockages melt and the stored emotions and pain can come out. You can release problems with your tears. Calmness and inner peace can return, once sadness, pain or depression are released. This may have been the reason why thousands of years ago Germans planted Pine trees in graveyards and other places, where one has to cope with sadness and grief.

The Celts thought that everybody born between 19 and 28 February and between 24 August and 2 September were born under the protection of the God of the Pine.  Especially women born on the right time should be blessed with good fortune and health.

Pine Pollen

Since you certainly know Edward Bach‘s Pine essence let me take the opportunity to talk about a very similar essence. Inspired by Steve Johnson‘s work in Alaska, who prepared a Blueberry and a Spruce Pollen essence, I once was able to prepare a pollen essence myself. It happened somehow unintentionally, since that very day I had no plan to make an essence at all. On the contrary I had an unexpected task, since my neighbour was a little desperate because her little girl‘s kindergarten was unexpectedly closed that day. The people working there were sick, and she did not know how to cope with her daughter and going to work herself at the same time. So I thaught this would be a nice morning with a little girl in the park, playing in the spring sun, having a fine time and bring her back to her mother later.

We simply could not ignore the Pine trees in the park. The slightest breath of wind created yellow clouds of pollen, so I had to take the opportunity, rush back home, get the glass bowl and so on. Accompagnied by my neighbour girl it was the first essence that I did not prepare alone. And it was so easy.

Pine Pollen

She softly tapped on a twig and at once the pollen ran into our bowl. Most astonishing however was to find out the pollen was still fully energized after the preparation process was finished. I could easily dry the pollen and have prepared another essence with its help a year later (which I did not since we gave the pollen back to the tree). (By the way her mother was mad with me for a while, because she was not at all amused about that disgusting vanilla shampoo I gave her daughter as a present for her help... you have got one wish free - perhaps I better think about such offers twice next time.)

But what are the effects of such a pollen essence? Well, of course every ‚common‘ Pine essence has some pollen in it. You cannot avoid it (and why should you?). So Pine and Pine Pollen essence certainly work similarly.

So let us remember about the effects of Pine. The keyword is „guilt“. Real as well as imagined guilt. Pine works on the self-induced inner blockage of guilt and shame and bad conscience.

Usually sensations like pain, anger and fear work like warning signals. Tooth pain e.g. is a big motivator for people who are afraid of the dentist. The pain disappears once the tooth has been treated. However just like pain can change from a symptom into a disease emotions can become chronical and change from a temporary signal into a permanent disorder. People suffering from feelings of guilt do not necessarily need to do something or someone wrong. They even feel guilty when someone else treats another one badly. Imagine someone telling a joke and nobody laughs. The one who feels embarrassed is always the one of the Pine type. No matter what ever happens: Pine feels responsible for every failure, even for those of others.

In addition to this misguided feelings the Pine type always looks for perfection. Everything less than 100% is failure. The point is that there are no 100%, there is no rule without an exception, nowhere in the universe. Not even the Earth is perfectly rounded.

Anyway trying to confront Pine with reality does not help at all.  „You are not responsible“ will always be replied with „Yes, but...“. So neither a confrontation with reality nor a try to influence the reality will ever help in a Pine case. What in such cases is needed is a change in the person‘s perception, in the way he reflects the outer reality within. The mechanism within is very similar to the one that makes people, who fall in love,  see things through rose-coloured spectacles. Unfortunately the Pine type sees everything as if a jugde sentenced him to death. No matter what happens, the inner judge knows only one judgement: „Guilty!“

So it is necessary for someone suffering from the Pine syndrom to learn that forgiveness exists. There must be an essence that makes him be merciful and patient with himself. Pine is exactly the one needed in such cases. Pine makes us forgive ourselves, loosen up and feel comfortable with ourselves.

Willow – Salix vitellinaThis is one of the Bach flower range that may die out, in some parts of the world it is endangered. In this case it is not
Scleranthus – Scleranthus annuus I am sure most of my readers know this essence very well, the good old Bach flower, that helps to solve the conflict
Sunflower – Sonnenblume – Helianthus annuus Imagine this client of me – a giant of a man, almost 2 m tall, but considering himself as
People tend to look at the course of the world from the perspective of their navel. Make the earth subject to you. In fact, one could write the story from
How do you decide which essence would be appropriate? We had a poll running on The results show up to now that around 15% of our
Back to Top