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From Siberia With Health

Siberian pine (Pinus sibirica) has symbolized health, strength, longevity, and power since ancient times. The centuries-old use of its resin, wood, needles, and nuts is based on the practical benefits of the tree for human health.

The unique composition of pine nuts explains their beneficial properties. Pinus sibirica nut has a healing effect on various human organs: heart, blood vessels, gastrointestinal tract, kidneys, lungs, skin, endocrine glands.

Many fans of pine nut products are wondering: what is the difference between pine nut flour and whole pine nuts and does flour lose its beneficial properties when ground? Let's try to answer this question:

What is pine nut flour?

Pine nut flour is a product made by cold pressing of pomace and oil obtained from the kernels of pine nuts. The homogeneous mass of powdery consistency has a pleasant aroma and is characterized by delicate taste qualities.

Compared with other types of flour, pine nut flour has almost 2 times fewer calories than whole wheat flour, 20% protein, 15 different minerals, 6 B vitamins, and vitamin E.

Omega-3 reduces the level of triglycerides in the human body - if you increase their concentration, the risk of heart attack increases. Omega-3 also helps to maintain weight.

Omega-6 enters the body only with food or with supplements, vitamin complexes. This acid is necessary for the full growth and development of children. It also supports the balance of cholesterol, the health of nails, skin, and hair, helps the body restore the menstrual cycle, alleviates the symptoms of PMS, and also has a good effect on the work of the reproductive system as a whole.

  • Sea buckthorn seed oil. The product looks very beautiful, amber yellow to red color. It has a medium to strong sea buckthorn flavor and aroma. It is often recommended for those who need to support blood vessels, blood pressure, or weak metabolism.
  • Camelina oil. Previously, this squeeze was one of the most popular in folk medicine. The substance is obtained from a plant called "ginger seed". Its properties are similar to linseed oil, but it is more convenient to use and has a longer shelf life.
  • Pine nut oil. The squeeze from pine nuts is considered a delicacy product. It is produced in small quantities, it costs a lot. It is even more respected for its delicate and bright taste. The nutrients are in high concentration in Siberian Pine nut oil.

Pine nut flour is a natural product obtained from pure pine nut kernels as a result of crushing the whole pine nuts into a powder form at special pine nut mills. The product obtained is called pine nut flour.

Useful properties of pine nut flour.

This Siberian pine nut flour is tasty, delicious but it can even help to absorb and gently remove slags and toxins from your body. Healthy protein in pine nut flour can help athletes strengthen their body and stimulate the growth of muscle mass.

Flour from this environmentally friendly product is widely used in home cooking – it adds to the usual pies, cupcakes, and casseroles a delicate aroma and soft taste of Siberian nuts. Pine nut flour promises a fascinating journey into the tasty delights of the mysterious Siberian region!

Below we will take a look at 3 unusual baking recipes from Siberian chefs:

The height of an adult Siberian pine tree can be 44 m, but usually, it does not exceed 35 m. In an old tree, the trunk girth sometimes reaches 2 m. The lifetime of Siberian pines may slightly exceed 500 years.

The length of the dark green needles of Siberian pines is sometimes equal to 0.14 m. Needles form bundles, each of which has strictly 5 needles. The root system is quite short: it is formed from rod roots with intensive branching.

Pinus Sibirica blooms in the middle of summer. The time of collecting cones falls in August and in the first days of September. The collected tree seeds can be stored in a proper conditions for a maximum of 10-12 months.

Siberian pine is characterized by the formation of a dense crown in the form of a sharp cone. As the tree matures, it becomes wider. The smooth bark is initially colored gray, later it acquires a gray-brown color and is covered with furrows. Young shoots have a thickness of 0.6-0.7 cm, are colored in a light brown tone, and are covered with thick red hair. The buds of this tree do not contain resin, they reach 0.6-1 cm in length.

The needles can last on the branches for 2-3 years. Direct cones are shaped like an egg or elongated in length. Pines begin to bear cones in the second year after flowering.

The mature cone reaches a length of 0.06-0.13 m, it is characterized by tightly pressed scales, the shields on which are thickened. There may be 30-150 seeds in the cone. The peak of fruiting (falling of cones) falls in August and early autumn. Under favorable conditions, 1000-1500 cones can fall from a large pine tree.

Oil from pine (cedar) nuts growing in Siberia has been used for many centuries by locals (famous for their good health and longevity) for the treatment and prevention of many diseases. It is consumed in its pure form, mixed with Siberian herbs, pine resin, shilajit, etc.

The legendary properties of Siberian pine nut oil have been ignored by official medicine and pharmacy for many years, but in recent years scientific institutes around the world have shown interest in this unique natural remedy.

The main attention of the minds of scientists is occupied by the study of linolenic acid, which is unique in that it is contained only in the seeds of coniferous plants. Pine nut oil contains a significant amount of this acid (more than 18%). In addition to the well-known Oleic and Pinolenic acids, pine nut oil contains Skeadonic, Palmitic, Stearic, Gadoleic, Arachidonic, Eicosatetraenoic (ETA), Behenic, Palmitinoleic.

Thanks to its rich composition, Pine nut oil has amazing properties that can be justified and explained with the help of modern science. What do scientists say about the medicinal properties of cedar oil and Linolenic Acid included in its composition?

Currently, it is scientifically proven that products containing Pinolenic acid can be used to control weight, to control food intake, appetite, and /or weight loss.

The most popular source of Omega fatty acids is flax oil, in which these essential substances occupy more than half of the mass (up to 55%). In numbers, the benefits of linseed oil look impressive: to cover a person's daily need for Omega-3, only 1.9 g of linseed pomace (less than a teaspoon) is enough!

The second in the rating of Omega-3 content is Camelina (False flax) oil. Alpha-linolenic fatty acid occupies about 35% of its composition, linoleic acid is almost 2 times less, which makes this oil very useful for health.

Another natural oil containing Omega-3 in large quantities is pine (cedar) oil, the so-called "Cure for a hundred diseases" (so-called in Siberia oil from pine nuts). High nutritional value, numerous therapeutic properties, very harmonious and delicate taste have earned him great popularity and respect.

Where can Omega-7 be found?

The first thing that comes to mind when looking for an answer to this question is sea buckthorn. Sea buckthorn oil is the leader in Omega-7 content. Other few (and not so rich) sources of this acid are Australian macadamia nut, mink, seal and whale oil and other similar exotics.

Sea buckthorn oil goes well with any preparations, except those that contain high doses of vitamin E. The oil is excellent for combined use with preparations that improve the condition of the skin (for example, Omega-3, hyaluronic acid).

The use of the resin is predominantly external. Inside, it is allowed to use only an oil solution of turpentine with an active ingredient concentration of up to 10%. Specifically pine nut oil with pine resin and sea buckthorn oil with pine resin – amongst the most popular mixes of resin with oil. More saturated balms (20-50%) are suitable exclusively for external use.

There are many options for how to use pine resin, depending on the existing diseases and the state of the body. The most common problems for which it is recommended to use pine resin are:

  • joints and musculoskeletal system;
  • excess weight;
  • eye / vision problems;
  • cosmetics, skin health;
  • damage to hair.

If you plan to use the resin orally, as a supplement with oil (capsule form, for example) therapy begins with recommended doses. Pine resin is taken 3-5 drops per day, preferably in the morning, 20-35 minutes before breakfast.

With obesity, the presence of cellulite, and general laxity of the skin, rubbing in a steam room using an oil solution of resin helps.

Pine resin is also used in the beauty industry for hair care. The main effect of this substance when caring for curls is to strengthen the roots and stimulate growth. Additionally, cedar gum normalizes the function of the sebaceous glands and improves the appearance of the hair. It produces a weak antifungal effect, therefore it can be used in the complex treatment of seborrhea and dandruff.

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Balsam made from resin and pine nut oil - an ancient secret of Siberian healers.

The indigenous inhabitants of Siberia have noticed how quickly wounds heal under the pine resin many centuries ago. Since ancient times, they have been collecting this sticky substance to dissolve it in cold-pressed pine nut oil. This is how pine resin mixed with pine nut oil - a balm that quickly heals wounds, heals injuries and illnesses. It has strong antiseptic, bactericidal properties and is one of the most versatile remedies in traditional medicine.

Pine resin mixed with pine nut oil also helps in the treatment of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory system, cardiovascular system. It enhances immunity and improves blood circulation, removes toxic substances from the body, and improves tone.

Mixed components of pine nut oil and resin easily penetrate the human body: through integuments, mucous membranes, saliva, or lungs. Together with pine oil, the balm acts in a truly miraculous way, maintaining and restoring health.

It is for this reason that a mixture of pine resin and pine nut oil can be used in the treatment of a huge number of modern diseases, and at the same time it can be stored for a long time, retaining its healing properties for many years.

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Pine (cedar) tree resin has been famous for its useful and medicinal properties since ancient times. It was popular in Ancient Egypt, and in the 16th century, the resin was widely used to treat the plague. In Ancient Greece, pine resin was used for digestive disorders, it was also used to treat diseases of the kidneys and lungs, rheumatism, and much more. And in Ancient China, it was a universal remedy for almost all diseases, especially often used for headaches and toothaches.

Many peoples of the world used pine resin in the past to treat even the most serious diseases, but over time and with the spread of technological progress (that is, modern pharmaceuticals), they lost knowledge about the healing properties of this unique natural remedy. However, there is one place where pine resin is still widely used for medicinal purposes - Siberia.

The history of the use of Siberian resin in traditional medicine.

Possessing an incredible ability to heal wounds and regenerate cells, pine resin was considered a very valuable product even before the arrival of Russian explorers in this region. It was successfully used by the indigenous peoples of Siberia and the Urals in the treatment of various diseases.

«Живица, живица, помоги исцелиться: от огня, от воды, от любой беды, от злобы, от сглазу и от всех хворей сразу».

Siberian folk healers, collecting resin, said: “zhivitsa, zhivitsa, help me to heal: from fire, from water, from any misfortune, from anger, from the evil eye, and all ailments at once". After all, they believed that this resin absorbed all the strength and power of the majestic tree and is now capable of healing.

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Nature gave us small and tasty nuts, hinting that there should be a little good. The kernels of most types of nuts contain a large number of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, polyunsaturated fats, and proteins.

Of all types of nuts, pine (cedar) nuts have unique properties that are beneficial to humans. Since ancient times, people have known the healing powers of pine nuts and therefore they have been widely used in folk medicine. They treated diseases such as gastritis, chronic pancreatitis, stomach ulcers, etc.

You may have noticed that on the Internet and the pages of English textbooks, nuts from pine trees are often called differently - someone speaks of them as "Pine Nuts", and in some places, you can find the mention of "Cedar Nuts". In this article, we will try to understand the etymology of these two phrases, as well as understand whether these nuts differ from each other.

So, is there any linguistic factor in the difference between the names "Pine Nuts" and "Cedar Nuts"? Of course there is, the first term owes its origin to the Latin word “Pinus” (“pine tree”). Cedar Nuts are derived from the Greek word "kedros" - this is how the ancient Greeks called the cedar trees growing in Lebanon and Asia Minor.

However, when using the distinction between “Pine Nuts” and “Cedar Nuts”, the English speakers define the nut growing region. When talking about "Cedar", Europeans and Americans mean nuts harvested in the Siberian taiga. This type of nuts is very different from the usual English “Pine Nuts”.

Pine nut oil is popular all over the world, especially among people who take care of their health. However, the main place for harvesting pine nuts is the vast Siberian taiga.

Most of the pine woodlands are located on the rocky placers of Eastern Siberia, and mountainous regions of Southern Siberia. In these regions, the harvest of pine nuts is an important business for locals; since the seeds of Siberian pine are a valuable product with unique healing properties.

How are pine cones harvested in Siberia?

Harvesting nuts is a time-consuming and multi-stage process. Therefore, several people participate in the cone gathering. Straying into teams, local people go to the forest for weeks. Pine nut harvesters set up a camp or build temporary housing in a remote forest to arrange a place for storing, peeling, and sifting the collected pine cones.

In the complex treatment of inflammatory diseases of the stomach, including gastritis, various remedies based on natural ingredients are often used. They help in curing the mucous membrane, make up for the lack of necessary trace elements, normalize digestion. In addition, they cause less than synthetic drugs.

The most popular remedies for treating gastritis today are pine nut oil and sea buckthorn oil. The rich composition of ingredients and healing properties of pine nut and sea buckthorn make it possible to use these oils for a variety of diseases, but they are best suited for people suffering from stomach problems.

Both sea buckthorn and pine nut oil have many useful healing properties, especially for gastritis. Obviously, it is necessary to consult a healthcare provider before taking this product as a supplement to treat your stomach issues.