Uses: Native Americans utilized the pine in a great many ways.
The nuts were used for food, the cones for decoration, the needles
for sewing and the resin for glue.
Pine nuts were used as
a nutritious food for babies and convalescents.
The gum was painted onto
the surfaces of sore throats. The resin or gum was heated and used
as a poultice to draw boils or remove festering splinters and to
treat sores and wounds.
A tea (Flu Tea) made
from White Pine Bark (or resin) and sprigs was used to treat rheumatism,
tuberculosis, flu, colds, and indigestion.
A boiled extract of the
inner bark was used to treat diarrhea.
The bark was soaked and
placed on wounds as a healing plaster.
A traditional tea (Breath
Tea) for treating bronchitis, laryngitis, rheumatism and tonsilitis
combined White Pine Bark, Wild Cherry Bark, Sassafras and Spikenard.
A treatment for diabetes
(Diabetes Tea) was made with White Pine Bark, Marshmallow, Poplar
Bark and Uva Ursi leaves.