Aside from claiming a place in homes during Christmas, Pine trees have a wide variety of alternative uses and are touted to be a great survival kit. Most parts of the pine trees are edible and attributed to benefits such as stronger immunity, better circulation, and respiratory health. The nuts can be roasted and eaten while the inner bark, resins, and male cones are also edible. Some of the parts, however, have other uses too that earn the pine tree its reputation as a survival kit.
These are a rich source of vitamin C and are commonly used in making pine tea. They can also be used in brewing beer to give it a unique taste and aroma cherished by a number of people. The aroma resulting from their use in brewing possibly depends on the season, tree type, and location. Combined with boughs, they can make comfortable shelter when you need it.
Aside from nutrition, pines, specifically the resin, are also commonly used as medicine. The pine resin has antiseptic, antifungal and antimicrobial properties that can be used to keep germs out of wounds, stop bleeding and get lodged splinters out. The pine resin is a natural chewing gum, yet it also helps in starting a fire even in a damp setting. The resin can also be applied to boots, mittens, and tent seams; taking up the role of a waterproofing agent.
These uses make pine trees a worthy plant to include in your landscaping plans. The trees thrive in different parts of the world depending largely on the type of tree and the pine soil provided.