Pine buds have a pink-brown color, a bright aroma and a bitter-resinous taste. Very young and unopened coniferous shoots are harvested for medicinal purposes. Harvested in early spring, before the sap flow begins.
Pine buds contain flavonoids, resinous substances that inhibit pathogenic bacteria and promote rapid healing of skin and mucous membrane injuries. The high content of tannins in the composition contributes to the thickening of blood and the formation of blood clots. They help fight excessive stress, strengthen the immune system.
People have long been treated with pine buds for coughs, because they have expectorant, antiseptic and soothing properties. They thin and remove mucus from the body, make breathing easier, and lower the temperature.
Various lesions of the bone and joint system are treated with pine buds. Thanks to their remineralizing properties, they prevent the wear and tear of cartilage and stimulate the regeneration of damaged tissues. They also contribute to the consolidation and regeneration of bones after injuries and fractures.
Preparations from pine buds are used externally in the form of rubs for joint and muscle pain, to relieve inflammation of the joints, and are used to facilitate rehabilitation after injuries or operations on the joints and back.
It is used in the treatment of cystitis and other urinary tract infections. Pine buds have a good choleretic and diuretic effect, remove excess fluid from the body.
The infusion of the buds is used to rinse the hair to prevent severe hair loss. Pine bud baths are used to cleanse the skin of the body. They help with old rashes, irritations, and heal wounds.