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There are many different types of pine tree, and they grow all over the world. Not all are suitable for consumption, and not all are beneficial for health. Red Pine Needle is an extract taken from the leaves of the Pinus Densiflora tree, also known as the Korean Red Pine.
In extract form, red pine needle is considered to be a powerful agent against foreign invaders in the body. It has anti-oxidant, anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is a strong cleanser and therapeutic aid that was even revered by Hippocrates, one of the founders of Western medicine.
Red Pine Needle is available as an essential oil, food supplement capsules, and as a topical soap.
The Korean Red Pine Needle Tree
The Korean Red Pine tree is indigenous to Japan, China, Korea, and some parts of Russia. It is an evergreen tree, but does have a slight yellow tinge in the winter.
Where it grows, the Korean Pine is highly revered as a source of timber, and as an ornamental tree is gardens. In Korea it also stands as a symbol of fidelity and fortitude.
The Korean Red Pine can grow nearly 100ft tall, but usually stands at around 20-40m. As the name would suggest, the leaves are needle-like. They are the source of the oil which is used in Red Pine extracts.
Pine needles has a rich history of use around the world. They were used by Native Americans to prevent bedbugs and lice, have been brewed in tea, vaporized and inhaled for chest ailments, and used as a beneficial food supplement throughout the East.
Optimally Organic Red Pine Needle products are extracted from native Red Pine that grows in their natural environment in the mountains of Korea. They contain all of the natural goodness of this iconic and useful plant.
What Does Red Pine Needle Contain?
Red Pine Needle extract has been studied to examine its contents, and this holds the clue to the potential benefits that it holds. Red Pine Needle contains:
Protein – Red Pine Needle contains useful proteins. Protein is one of the most essential components for the body's cells. They use it to build and repair tissue in bone, muscle, skin, cartilage and blood. Protein also helps with the production of enzymes and hormones.
Vitamin A – Red Pine Needle contains a high level of Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant which helps to fight free radicals and slow down aging. Vitamin A helps maintain neurological functioning, vision, and keeps skin healthy.
Carotene – Red Pine Needle contains carotene. The body converts carotene into Vitamin A, providing yet more antioxidant potential.
Iron – Red Pine Needle contains high amounts of Iron, an essential mineral that aids the production of red blood cells, and helps to carry oxygen to the blood. Consuming enough iron also prevents deficiencies, such as anemia and coughs.
Rutin – Red Pine Needle contains Rutin, a plant pigment that has immense antioxidant properties. It has also been shown to strengthen blood vessels, and could help with varicose veins, hemorrhoids and internal bleeding.
All of these naturally occurring compounds hint at the powerful antioxidant effects of Red Pine Needle, as well as its ability to cleanse and detoxify. There are many uses of Red Pine Needle, and you can find the extract in many forms.
Useful Aspects Of Red Pine Needle
You can see from the contents of Red Pine Needle, that many of its components have antioxidant qualities. The combination of Vitamin A, carotene, and Rustin give Red Pine extract a tripe boost of antioxidants.
Antioxidants are known to neutralize free radicals. Less free radicals in the body means slower cell deterioration, and this helps to slow the aging process, and keep the skin and hair looking healthy. Antioxidants are also known to protect the body from nervous system disorders and muscle degeneration.
Chlorophyl is the green pigment present in most green vegetation, and Red Pine Needle is no different. It contains high amounts of this useful substance, which is used by plants for photosynthesis.
It turns out that chlorophyl is amazingly similar to hemoglobin, the compound responsible for transporting oxygen around the blood. When consumed by humans, chlorophyl transforms in the blood, and helps with the transport of oxygen.
Chlorophyl can also has a potent antioxidant property, adding to the trio already present in the pine. It can help to remove toxins and metals, and makes iron bioavailable in the blood.
Phenols are a chemical compound that is often toxic, but certain types, such as those found in Red Pine Needle, are known to benefit health in a number of ways. Phenols have a disinfectant quality, are antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and have been shown to have chemo-preventive properties.
Phenols may even reduce the risk of cancer, of assist in healthy recovery from cancer treatments.
Potential Uses Of Red Pine Needle Extract
Given the useful ingredients and components of Red Pine Needle, it follows that the extract has some potential uses that could bring benefit to your life. These uses include:
Red Pine Needle as a food supplement – Red Pine Needle has antioxidant properties, contains the essential mineral iron, and has long been used as a therapeutic aid to cleanse the mind and body. Optimally Organic offer Red Pine Needle in traditional liquid extract form, or in easily digestible capsules for oral consumption.
Red Pine Needle as a disinfectant – Red Pine has its application as a disinfectant. You can add it to sprays and air fresheners to help to control the spread of household germs, mildew, and E-coli. It also has a really nice smell! The liquid essential oil extract is best for this use.
Red Pine Needle in Aromatherapy – Red Pine Needle is the perfect oil for use in Aromatherapy. Not only does it give off a relaxing and enticing aroma, but could also be used as a therapeutic aid to support mild depression or adrenal fatigue. Use the essential oil in an oil burner.
Red Pine Needle for the skin – Pine Needle can also be used for the skin. You should never apply undiluted essential oil, as this could aggravate existing conditions. You can dilute the oil with a carrier, such as olive oil, or in water. It is best to use specific topical products like Optimally Organic's Glycerin soap.
Red Pine Oil Side Effects and Warnings
Red Pine Extract shows amazing potential as a health food supplement, with many beneficial active ingredients, and solid research to back up its use. The use of Red Pine Needle is generally safe, but there are a few warnings of pine needles to take note of.
First of all, you should always take care when using the Red Pine essential oil. Undiluted, the oil could irritate the skin and mucous membrane when used topically. Always dilute the oil when using on or in the body.
It is best to use products that are specifically designed for the use that you want. For example, use capsule supplements for ingestion and diluted oil or soap for the skin. Pregnant women are advised not to use Red Pine Needle.
You should also take care to monitor your own health. Red Pine extract should not be used as a replacement for proper diet and healthcare, or instead of medicine. Consult your health professional for advice if you have an existing condition.
Factors To Consider When Buying Red Pine Needle Products
Not all Pine Needle Extract products are equal. Some are higher quality than others, and it is important to question the source of the products, as well as the method and process used to extract and farm the tree. The following factors are important when buying Red Pine Needle products:
Where do they come from? The Pinus Densiflora tree, from which red pine needle extracts are made, are native to Japan, Korea, and some part of China and Russia. You should be suspicious of any red pine product that does not come from those areas, and you should stay away from anything that seems to be artificially grown.
Are the products organic? Not all Red Pine Needle products are organic. Be sure to buy products that come from naturally grown trees, with no added fertilizers, pesticides or additives, all of which can detriment the purity of red pine oil. Over 60% of red pine tree farmed products come from GMO seeds that are chemically farmed. You don't want nasty chemicals; just pure organic pine oil – it is better for your body, and better for the environment too.
How are they harvested? Speaking of the environment, it is more important than ever before that we farm and harvest trees responsibly. Only buy Red Pine Needle products from companies that take a conscious approach towards the planet and its resources.
How is the oil extracted? Red Pine Needle oil has to be extracted from the pine leaves of the tree. It is important that the extraction process is clean, otherwise chemicals and impurities can find their way into the finished product.
Quality and purity – The best Red Needle Pine products are very pure, come in the right level of concentration for their use, and contain nothing but the finest organic oils.
Cost – The best Red Pine Needle products are not necessarily the cheapest. Cheaper oils may not be organic or pure. You need to examine the overall quality and ethical aspects of the product, and weigh this up against the cost.
Once you have examined and considered these factors, you will be in a good position to make an informed decision about which Red Pine Tree products you want to buy.
Optimally Organic's Red Pine Needle Products
Optimally Organic offer several Red Pine Needle products, including our Red Pine Needle Oil, Red Pine Needle Capsules, and Glycerin Soap with red pine and olive oils.
All of our products are of the highest quality and purity available, and are grown and harvested organically to the highest ethical standards. Our products:
Come from Korean Red Pine trees that grow naturally in their native environment, in the high mountain climates of Korea.
Are completely organic, and grown with no chemical fertilizers or additives at all. We never use GMO seeds.
Are harvested in an eco-friendly and sustainable manner, for reduced environmental impact and a sustainable future for both production and for the planet.
Use a special steam and water-based extraction method to guarantee absolute purity.
Come ready for use as either an essential oil, digestible food supplement capsule, or topical soap.
Are of the highest quality and purity available anywhere, and come at a reasonable price.
Choose from our range of top quality Red Pine Needle products now!
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Be aware of Red Pine Oil side effects and warnings.