Wisemen of Bethlaham
One great way to recycle your Christmas tree is to use the pine needles to make
fragrant herbal pillows. The invigorating pine scent is perhaps the signature
aroma of the holiday season and better yet pine filled pillows and mattresses
have a history of use in treating rheumatic ailments such as arthritis and gout.
Gather some fabric, muslin or gingham work well, the fabrics should "breathe" enough
to release the aroma, but not be so loosely woven that the needles escape. You
can mix the needles with orris root and add pine essential oils to amplify and
preserve the fresh scent. These are very easy to make, even if you don't sew
well you can purchase removable throw-pillow covers.
Keep in mind that pine needles are extremely flammable.|
- pine needles
- 5 bay leaves, crushed (optional)
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon (optional)
- 1 tbsp orris root powder (optional)
- 10 drops pine oil
- 16 inch square piece of muslin
- 20 inch square piece of batting
- 20 inch square cushion cover
:You want to dry the pine needles, like any other herb to prevent mold from moisture.
If using a cut tree from indoors, stop watering for the last few days before
you take it down. Cover the ground with an old sheet to gather the needles. Tap
the tree trunk on the ground to shake them loose. Strip the branches starting
from the bottom up. Gloves are a good idea. Store any excess needles in an old
pillowcase, or paper bag.
- Mix the dry herbs, orris root, and pine oil in a bowl.
- Fold the muslin bag in half, twice over to make a bag. Stich the sides up.
- Fill the muslin bag with the aromatic mixture
- Stich the bag closed.
- Place the bag on the batting, fold it over and stich around to create a pad
- Slip into the cushion cover and you are done. Enjoy!
Tags and Uses for this Remedy
- Christmas :The earliest herbal stories of Christmas are rooted in the desert of the Holy Land, and begin with the the wisemen bearing gifts of gold, myrrh and frankincense to the newborn child.
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