White pine trees are a common tree here in Maine. Standing near a pine tree and breathing in deeply is like drinking fresh air. This is a good spring practice to do to clear out leftover lung congestion from the winter. Leaning against a white pine tree is also deeply healing for anyone who has experienced betrayal or feels emotionally shattered. Breathe in and out, release your hurt and receive the tree’s strength. Be sure to bow to the tree in gratitude.
To make a needle tea: Pick 3-5 bunches of twigs, cut the needles and twigs into ½-1 inch pieces, cover with water and simmer with a lid for 15 minutes. Strain the needles and place in your compost pile. This tea is cleansing and revitalizing.
Needle steam: Make a tea with the needles and twigs as described above. Once the tea has simmered for 15 minutes, take the pot off the stove. Cover your head and the pot with a towel and breathe in the warm steam for at least 5 minutes. Be mindful of keeping the appropriate distance from the steam so you do not burn your nasal passages.
Foot bath: Pour hot needle tea into a large ceramic bowl or plastic dishpan (used for foot baths). Sit comfortably and enjoy soaking your feet when the tea is the right temperature. This foot bath is beneficial for anyone who has difficulty walking, feels unsteady on their feet, or for anyone needing to feel more balanced and confident within themselves.