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Spring and Clean - Naturally with Pinon-Sol and Pine Oil
As I gazed at the bushels of pine cones left over from what was a horrible harvest, my thought was what can I do with all this. I began to learn about pine as a cleaner and its natural property for health and wellness. I learned that many people had become unhappy that pinesol, one of this country’s oldest cleaning products , had lost its pine scent. It would seem they had a problem finding enough pine oil.
This fact, alone was a great inspiration for futher study into pine oil and pine products. One might think it unlikely to be medicinal . Since 2012, research into the pharmaceutical uses of pine extract (PBE - sold commercially under the brand name Pycnogenol) has virtually exploded. In this newletter, we will explore the most impressive applications for pine extracts. It was only natural, as a distiller of wild harvests, to extract the phyto-chemicals from the pine cones and create natural products for our clients.
In 1535, a ship carrying a French explorer named Jacques Cartier became ice-bound in Canada. As the crew ran out of food, especially fruits and vegetables, they became ill with scurvy, due to vitamin C deficiency. Once again, the Native Americans saved the day, and showed the sailors how to make nutritious tea from the pine tree. rs who recovered shared their story, and 400 years later, French researcher Dr. Jacques Masquelier read the account in Cartier’s writings and set on a search for the miraculous tree ingredients. He was able to extract proanthocyanidins from European coastal pine tree, and patented the process, naming the compound Pycnogenol.
Physical Performance and Metabolic Recovery
A study published recently in the Journal of Sports Medicine Fitness looked at the effect of pine on the performance of normal subjects taking the Army Physical Fitness Test, and also performance of triathletes. Among the results, participants treated with pine extract had improved performance and a significant decrease in cramps and post-running pain. On average, the pine-extract subjects completed the 100 minute triathlon 6 minutes faster than the control group, and both the normal subjects and triathletes treated with pine extract showed a faster metabolic recovery
Pine preparations have long been used as decongestants. In another study out this week, pine extract was used to treat allergic asthma, and relieved the symptoms by many mechanisms, including decreasing airway inflammation and decreasing mucus secretion. Wound Healing Several applications have been found for pine extract in the treatment of wounds. In one study, pine oil in ointment form was applied to an incision, and was found to significantly accelerate the wound healing process. PBE also helps reduce ultraviolet radiation damage to the skin and may protect human facial skin from symptoms of photoaging. In one recent study, university researchers found “Clinically significant improvement in photodamaged skin could be achieved with regular application of pine extract.”
Pine extracts are effective against a wide range of bacteria, fungus and virus, including the influenzavirus type A, and herpes simplex types 1 and 2. It will kill the causative agents of typhoid, gastroenteritis, rabies, enteric fever, cholera, several forms of meningitis, whooping cough, gonorrhea and several types of dysentery. It is very smart to add a few drops of pine oil to your cleaning products to safely disinfect your home. A few drops can also be added to your pet’s shampoo as a natural flea deterrent.
Besides preventing post-exercise cramping, pine oil can be used as a muscle and joint rub to ease pain and stiffness. Nutritional Content Pine needles provide a good amount of vitamin A and about 5 times as much vitamin C as found in lemons. A cup of pine needle tea can help with colds and flu. Steep a handful of washed pine needles in hot water.
DIY - Pine Extract with what is on hand
To make your own, simply cut some pine branches, and needles included, and put them in a wide-mouth airtight jar. Cover the cuttings with grain alcohol or vodka. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place. Shake it at least once a day and start checking it after a couple of weeks. When you walk by and smell the pine smell, you will know it is ready to strain and bottle in a dark container. If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can replace it with olive oil, but your tincture won’t be as strong. If you are giving this as a gift, adding a sprig of clean, washed pine needles to the jar gives it that homey, homemade feel. Please note that this is a very strong preparation, and one drop will go a long way!
This article was adapted from original content of Marie Lasaster, local writer, r.n. Texas County MO.
PINE OIL Chemistry and Active Ingridents
Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, at Pinenut.com, we use primarily pine cones after the pine nuts have been removed. The species of our pine oil, is Pinus Edulis, as commonly known asNew Mexico Pinon Pine, or Colorado Pinon Pine.
The cones for this particular distillation were harvested in Colorado in the fall of 2013.
It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, as a cleaning product, and as a lubricant in small and expensive clockwork instruments. It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, massage oil and an antiseptic. It is also used as an effective organic herbicide where its action is to modify the waxy cuticle of plants, resulting in desiccation.
Pine oil is distinguished from other products from pine, such as turpentine, the low-boiling fraction from the distillation of pine sap, and rosin, the thick tar remaining after turpentine is distilled. Chemically, pine oil consists mainly of cyclic terpene alcohols.It may also contain terpene hydrocarbons, ethers, and esters. The exact composition depends on various fact y be a good reason why many common household cleaners claim to “smell like pine.” This connection to pine oil and good health is as old as the hills, and its related to the germ-fighting, disinfectant properties of the oil. In fact, it was greatly revered by the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, who noted its strong healing effect on the human respiratory system.
Similarly, the Native Americans used pine needles in bedding to prevent bedbugs and lice. Pine oil, obtained by extracting essential oils from the cone of pine trees, is a strong therapeutic aid. Similar to tea tree and eucalyptus oil, extracts of pine are powerful agents against harmful organisms of all types, making it a great oil to have in your medicine chest and cleaning cupboard. Its powerful capacities are related to its high levels of phenols, acidic plant chemicals that fight off germs and ward off disease. It also has a healing effect on the endocrine system, and aids the body in cleansing impurities from the skin. Pine hydrosol is an immune-stimulant and body tonic, enhancing overall mental and physical balance.
One might say, the landscape is breathtaking. I cannot say that. I am breathing in the pinon, in fact the evaporating raindrops makes me heady, almost hyper- venerating with delight of that essence which is uniquely southwestern.
We are picking in Colorado and the rains came, and came and came. We are far from Boulder, so we were safe, but the first week on the ground here had me thinking of our time in coastal Alaska. It was not what we anticipated. But, then no two harvest seasons are ever the same. The rains have browned out the bad cones, leaving primarily the good ones and the seeds are exploding inside their little green cocoons.
There is plenty around the valley. But, there are very few who will get their hands dirty and sticky. Only special people will climb the snake filled rocks, who will sleep soundly despite the bears and cougars, who will risk a broken arm or leg to shake a pinon tree from inside out. This is how, the pinon we sell is being picked this day.
Our team arrived and we started picking. Others I spoke with in the American pine nut industry were skeptical that #1, we had a harvest, #2 that we were starting so late in picking cone. A cone harvest is a touchy matter. If one picks too early the nuts will never mature properly and sweeten appropriately. Harvesting hardshell pinon in the cone is a new idea to people in the region. Today, we have yet to have a freeze. Only a couple of cones here and there have opened to release their seeds. Primarily, those at the highest elevations.
We are working with the most lovely native woman, whose presence here with us, reminds me, of the things my busy, busy mind of "have to'" forgets. She shares her mother's great wisdom with me and stories of the Sundance. I listen spell bound. How very blessed to have this woman near. She is a teacher of gentle ways. In three days, I have learned much from her. It is my sincere hope she will be my friend the rest of my life.
The rest of the team arrived last night 10 off duty wild land fire fighters. (It is a special person who picks pinon.) They travelled for two days from Oregon to pick and I feel the greatest of responsibility to them, and to the landowners who have entrusted us with their trees.
We spent two days in town looking for people who might want to pick. A rather heavy middle aged man, joined us the first day. through those efforts. My goodness, he was adorable, working so hard, sticky hands, sticky hair, pine needles through his beard.
He said, " I have 10 acres filled with pinon, I never knew."
SUCCESS!!!! He says, "My wife and 4 children will pick on our land. "
We have changed another person's way of seeing their forest. In one gated community, I try to speak to every landowner I see. I tell them what we are doing, and who is here doing it.
These same people could very well come back here and save these homes one day. They have just returned from fighting the Yosemite wild fire. They have worked hard today and they picked your pine nuts. Their hands are cleaned by rubbing them together in the dirt to remove the pitch of the pine cones. (I forgot to buy Vaseline, but as George has said many times this trip,"You cannot have a picnic unless someone forgets the mustard. They are happy, we are happy and we are blessed - each of us, in the pinon harvest of 2013. There is a great deal of laughter in these trees and very good spirits, all around.
We are working in Colorado this year, and my best estimation is that we could harvest somewhere between 35,000 to 40,000 pounds in this valley. Many of the trees are BEAUTIFUL. I do not plan on picking that much, but that much bounty is here to collect. We ran around cutting cone to find the place with the nuts that were best filling out the cones. Sadly, not all the cones - nuts. One landowner had NO SEED in any of her cones. I was sad for her.
Our primary picking area is an upscale (even for Colorado) subdivision. We are pleased to work with new landowners, and some returning landowners. As noted previously in the blog, there are a couple of issues private landowners have with strangers entering their property.
#1. Liability - no one wants to get sued. Some landowners are well heeled and of course, concerned about protecting themselves and their assets.
Answer: Solid contract that includes hold harmless, waiver and assumption of risk six ways from Sunday everyone waives everything regarding everyone and pickers are clearly subcontractors, well documented contracts with releases, copies sent to landowners .
#2. Damage to the forest -
Answer: This one is easy. I am a forest keeper - that is what I do - harvesting and teaching value is how I accomplish my work. Trees can be trimmed for the health of the tree, fire proofing the area (it takes 700 pounds of ground fuel to fire up a pinon.) I teach proper pruning and the slash can be used by the sub-contractors as fuel in their camps.
The way we interact with the land is 100% solid. All of the people we are working with respect the earth - I would have it no other way. Some live here, others are wild land fire fighters. City dwellers don't sign on to work outside. Or, if they do - they don't last long.
#3. Trash and fire -
Answer - see #2. The wild land fire fighters would do a beat down on anyone who did not know how to manage a fire. Also, on our pick, we do not use fire. I use propane to cook with and there is no reason for fire. We help subcontractors find a good place off site to camp, together with finding subs that know how to live outside, or live locally (not so easy).
Answer - COMMUNICATION, I am a huge stickler for accounting due to my commitment to proving the value of this forest. Documenting gps, people on the pick, production per man, per site. I wrote a great deal about this when the National Organic program requested comments. One cannot audit a wild harvest without auditing the manpower on the ground - period!
The other way to contract is to set a flat fee for picking. I would rather pay by the bushel and I think from what I know about pinon pickers, we are paying about twice the going rate.
Also, with accounting to the landowners - disrespecting people, or their land is not part of nature. I am happy to be paying the landowners, want them to make good money and I want to come back. Okay, that is me. But, if you are a private landowner, looking for team to harvest your pinon, these are all things to consider.
#5. This is not a landowner concern, but my own - FEEDBACK on future land management choices. One of the picks we have is showing stage 1 sign of IPS. It is not large enough to cut a buffer zone. I will show the landowner different ways of fighting off the infestation and hopefully, we can stop it from destroying a lot of trees.
#6. Again, this is my value, not really a landowner foresight, but important. Tracking and marking good trees.
#7. General business references. What kind of credit history does the picking company have? Personal references? Other landowners who have worked with the team. This is important in ALL BUSINESS and landowners need to ask that question - or, if they do not ask, the picking team should volunteer it.
We are ready to start shipping cone boxes. This is a picture of the small cone box, apx 30 pinon pine cones freshly harvested, rich and full of nuts. We only offer these for a short time each year and for the amazing price of $9.95 you can harvest your own fresh pinon pine nuts.
Native American people would often times drop the cones into the hot springs and cook the nuts in the cone with boiling water. You can give that a try to experience pinon nuts in an entirely new fashion. Or, pan roast over an open fire, or place on a tin foil covered cookie sheet for roasting in cone, adds great flavor. Roast @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
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We walked out of the hotel room the other day and George started a conversation with a gentleman who was traveling to his ranch. The gentleman had 1,500 acres of pinon. We asked him if he had ever considered managing for pinon production.
He replied, "No, the native people use to harvest but I have not seen them in years. "
As we talked, it became clear that pinon landowners are very interested in working with their forests for food production, especially when we explain that the pinon pine nut is the most expensive nut in the world.
The primary problem landowners have in working with pinon is lack of information. We were very fortunate to have landowners reach out to us and private lands managing for production appears to be the pathway to developing the United States pine nut potential. The federal lands managers are just culturally focused on range and cattle, rather than forests a sustainable food production system. Private landowner , especially in luxury tracks and subdivisions are interested in revenue streams from their properties. However, they don't know where to start - enter Pinon Penny - stage left - I will never assume I came in from the right.
We have found ourselves in the mist of private lands with a cone biomass that exceeds our ability to harvest it. The crop is here. As I look around I am seeing thousands, tens of thousands of dollars all around me. There are people all through New Mexico and other regions who have no pinon crop, and have developed businesses around selling the nuts on the street corners.
The tricky part, now is matching the pickers to the landowners. Most large landowners, while interested, are not going to go through the work of obtaining the harvest crews. If a landowner can a turn key manager for their crop, taking only a few dollars per pound or bushel, that is the ticket.
I am looking at tree after tree with three bushels or more of cones per tree. Each bushel provides say 3 - 5 lbs and with the size of these nuts, I am calculating the upper end of that. Wholesale, in the bag - this sparse year, $12.00 per pound +/ a solid value $60.00 per tree, my best guess here, 400 - 500 trees per acre with 1/4 of them in cone to that degree, that is a wholesale (minus costs of harvest) $6K, per acre . We are talking money AND a great deal of work for those willing to work outside.
In my experience with private landowners and wild harvesting, the most important element is trust. Land, in addition to being a historical form of wealth, is sacred to many who hold title. While there are people who simply want to reap as much as possible from their tracts, these are not the people who own lands rich in biodiversity, or bountiful wild crop habitat. Our landowners are interested in the legacy of their stewardship and care greatly about the quality of habitat their lands provide, my kind of people. This is how we come into contact with harvest regions. The landowners reach out to explore what can be done with their lands for sustainable income and part of the reason I am working on the blog,providing some go-bys (knowing full well, my content will be scan by e-how, about and lord knows who else, I share it freely. )
Why do people trust us ? I share their values. I completely committed to documented the value - and, I want to show people how valuable their forests are. I have a long history of working with all kinds of different people, respectfully and a BB rating of AA.
Peaking in to nature's inner workings, one can judge the quality of the coning on pinon pine nut harvest.
In earlier entries, I have stated that most pine nut harvests are cone harvests. This is because once the cones open the seeds start to disburse. The nuts mature in the fall, in rather high elevations. Unlike other crops winter is approaching quickly when it is time to pick pinon and we have a short window to bring in the harvest. Through harvesting pine cones one is assured of a longer harvest window and the most efficiency in collecting the nuts. While many of the native peoples harvested fallen nuts, several other peoples have harvested cones.
Cones are perfect storage units for the nuts, keeping them fresher longer . The drawback to cone harvesting is the nuts are smaller. They stop growing when the cone is picked and the longer the nuts are on the tree, the bigger they will get. Also, when harvesting cone, at least for the hardshell pinons, one needs to let the nuts mature, or dehydrate somewhat. We want to draw off some of the moisture to sweeten the nuts. But, I get ahead of myself.
While a landowner's trees may show promise, all that cones - is not nuts. For example, we spent days running through various properties cutting pine cones seeing which landowners had harvests and who we might advise to adopt other management practices. Some people have purchased land and thinned it (mind you, not to the crazy savannah visions most
Some areas had nice looking cone, but once sliced we could see many of the seeds had not developed properly. Seeds / nuts can look developed but then one crushes the shell to inspect the quality of the nut meats only to find "bano" bad nuts. Or, the cone can be completely empty. Once we found that a property owner's cone was ringing full and true, we stopped making choices about where we wanted to harvest. The property we are focusing on had each little cubby hole for seed filled, with some of the shell still developing. While the seed coat is still growing, the cones have not matured sufficiently to harvest.
That is the ticket to examine the viability of your cones. Likewise, in buying cone from pickers, I need 85% - 90% filled out seed with nice developing nut meats. The picture of the cone above is from Soft shell harvest in California. Courtesy of Hank Shaw author of a a new book, Duck, Duck
Part 2 Given that it is almost September and the pine cone crop is set and in most cases almost mature, we are not going to start with evaluating the harvest. If you have a harvest, you know it by now.
How do I know when to harvest my pinon nuts? T
raditionally, commercial soft shell pine nut harvesters harvest pine cones because the window before the snows and storms is limited. Harvesting the pinon nuts while still encased in mother nature's package is the most efficient way to collect pine nuts.
The cones start to swell and become sticky right before they open. It is not the same look as a cone which comes from a tree infested from IPS or another pest. Cones will produce massive amounts of sap if there is a threat to the seed. These cones will literally drip sap. It is a sign of an unhealthy tree rather than a ripe pine cone full of pine nuts.
You check your cone by cutting it. If the shell is hard on the nut and the nut meat is well filled, you have a harvest. If you pick cone too early it will sour and the nuts will not taste right. Timing is everything.
We are very happy to announce our roasting cone boxes are ready to pre-order, in both hard shell New Mexico harvested and soft shell CALIFORNIA /Utah harvested soft shell. Baking your pine nuts in the cone allows the full richness of the pine flavor to permeate the roast. This is the purest most natural way to obtain the freshest pine nuts – right from the cone. There are anywhere from 30 – 40 individual pine cones in a box, each makes a wonderful party appetizers and magically opens to reveal its hidden treasures. Our pine cone boxes ship late September and we are only producing about 1,000 boxes of each size for each species.
Pinon nuts – new crop ship in mid October.
You can pre-order hard shell pinon nuts - the New Mexico species now for delivery in October.
Soft shell are not open to pre –order and they are going to available for the Christmas season only in 1 pound units , graded AAs. Grade A’s will be dehydrated and sold in shell. So many people preferred our natural dehydrated nuts over roasted, that we will prepare this product again. It keeps beautifully all year. We anticipate bringing this product on the market early November. We do not have the supply to offer bulk or wholesale orders in 2013.
Conservation and Education in pinon.
Change on the landscape. This year ‘ crop is going to be extremely cherished and it is a hard go to pick. We have developed a network of landowners who now understand the value of managing for pine nut production. BIG VICTORY for us. Landowners are making $2.00 per bushel simply in allowing us to pick. We now work with landowners in 4 western states and if you have pinon lands we pay top dollar for picking.
After removing the pine nuts from the cones, we produce an authentic pinon pine sol – through distilling the pine cones. We get rave reviews on the product.
Other 2013 WIld Nut Harvests
Other harvests we hope to share this year include hickory nuts, in the shell and out, BOTH shell bark and shag bark, hazel nuts, Missouri Chestnuts and beautiful wild teas, including wild mint and persimmon leaf.
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If you are simply wanting that fresh essence of the pinyon forest, we highly recommend out pinyon spray distilled from hand harvested pine cones. Absolutely wonderful for the car, the laundry room (think of turning that teen agers gym shoes into a FRESH pinyon forest).
When we are not working with wild nuts, we produce essential oils and floral waters from wild plants on our Ozark farm. These essences are true treasures distilled pound for pound, raw material to finished product.
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thank you so much and here is to a wonderful fall harvest of wild nuts, George and Penny Fraz ier
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