We’ve all been there, the turkey’s overcooked, auntie got too drunk, and there’s a bust-up over watching the Strictly Christmas special or Love Actually.
All this time, it turns out you had the power to heal right there with you and conquer the family hysteria.
We are, of course, talking about the humble Christmas tree.
Whether you’re a fan of the pine, spruce or fir variety, the evergreens are all equally mighty in helping your mind-body connection.
So, as long you don’t have an artificial one in the front room, you’re all good.
With their incredible anti-inflammatory properties, the trees are natural remedies for tickly coughs, runny noses, allergies, and even arthritic conditions.
In fact, our ancestors relied on pines as medicine and indigenous tribes still depend on it today.
While these flu-fighting properties might not be able to silence family arguments, the trees are said to hold spiritual significance too and protect against negative energies.
The good folk over at Nexus, a magazine for independent thinkers, have whipped up some DIY recipes for you to use your pine trees and find your zen this Crimbo.
1) Use the bark
In a survival situation, you can eat the bark of a pine tree but the easiest way to reap its benefits is using pine bark extract, packed with antioxidants including vitamin C.
The extract has been shown to lower glucose levels, improve diabetic symptoms, prevent hearing loss, restore balance, stave off infections, protect the skin from harmful UV rays, restore circulation, improve erectile dysfunction, and reduce inflammation. Phew!
2) Use the needles
With five times more vitamin C than that of an orange, the needles are a cherished part of the pine with strong antioxidant properties which help prevent the growth of cancer cells.
You can make a tea with ½ cup of young pine needles, three cups of water, and a slice of lemon.
Simply bring your water to a boil, then de-stem and remove the brown papery sheaths at the base of the needles. Chop the needles into ½-inch pieces to help release essence. Place one tablespoon of chopped needles into a mug and pour boiling water over the needles. Add lemon for flavour.
3) Use the nuts
The fruit of these sacred trees can be found in the scales or spines of the pinecone and helps boost energy, reduces the risk of heart disease, and improves vision.
You can use the nuts in salads and other recipes, or simply enjoy as a snack.
Might not need to take the tree down in January if we’ve eaten most of it.
For the full article, click here: Nexus.